Strengthening the empirical foundations for the areal typology of the northwestern Bantu languages
BantuTyp is a research project financed by the PRES Sorbonne Paris Cité, that will start in the autumn of 2013. Its main goal is to create a complete and falsifiable grammatical analysis of three northwestern Bantu languages: Myene (B10, Gabon), an A90 language (Cameroon) and an A30 language (Cameroon or Equatorial Guinea).
A more detailed description (in French) of the project can be found here.
Support announcement – PhD research
The Research unit Llacan (Langage, langues et cultures d’Afrique noire, CNRS - Inalco, Paris) invites applications for a three year PhD scholarship to produce a comprehensive grammatical analysis and linguistic documentation of a Cameroonian Bantu language of the A90 group (Kako, Polri or Kwakum). This research project requires extended stays in Cameroun. Supervision in Paris and in the field will be provided by members of the BantuTyp project, especially Mark Van de Velde and Annie Rialland, and by other members of the field work oriented research unit Llacan.
The successful candidate will enter the PhD program of Inalco in Paris. S/he is expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals and to obtain a PhD degree in ideally three years (with a possible extension). We offer a scholarship of about 1500€ monthly (after taxes), as well as appropriate allowance for field work, conference attendance and equipment.
Candidates are required to :
- have received thorough training in both phonetics/phonology and morphosyntax
- have good command of English and French
- comply to the requirements for enrollment in the PhD program of Inalco
Ideally, candidates also:
- received training in field methods and linguistic documentation
- have knowledge of Bantu linguistics
- have knowledge of linguistic typology
- have some experience analysing languages without a written tradition
Please send applications no later than August 1st 2013 to Mark Van de Velde. Applications should consist of a sample of academic writing and a brief curriculum vitae, containing information on relevant experience and education. You can also provide contact details of a referee. The deadline for enrollment in the PhD program is October 10th, when all paperwork should have reached the university administration. The scholarship can start as soon as enrollment has been approved.