Funding bonanza for Manchester’s postgrad phonologists!

Posted on April 28, 2010 by

It looks as if the recession hasn’t hit Manchester’s postgrad phonologists at all. On the contrary, Manchet has just learnt that no fewer than three of our intrepid postgrad phonologists have had good news on the funding front in the past few weeks.

After holding a research and teaching assistantship at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Hong Kong, where he worked with Stephen Matthews, Jackson Lee came to Manchester last September to study for an MA in Linguistics. Jackson has now succeeded in securing five years’ worth of full funding for a PhD at the prestigious Department of Linguistics of the University of Chicago, where he is expected to work primarily with Alan Yu on the morphophonology of Cantonese.

Another resounding success was scored by Maria Pavlakou, who also came to Manchester last September after completing an MA at the University of Patras. Maria is currently working on a PhD on high vowel deletion in Northern Greek dialects under the supervision of Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero and David Langslow. Maria was recently awarded this year’s only studentship in theoretical and historical linguistics from the Greek State Scholarship Foundation.

Finally, hot off the press is the news that Danielle Turton has won this year’s highly coveted doctoral AHRC BGP award in Linguistics at Manchester. Danielle read English Language at Manchester from 2006 to 2009 and on her graduation received a University of Manchester Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She is now working towards an MA in Linguistics, also with AHRC BGP funding. After completing her MA, Danielle will begin doctoral research on phonological variation in Manchester English with Maciej Baranowski, Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero, and Yuni Kim.

Manchet also knows that there are further applications in the pipeline. As always, we’ll keep our faithful readers posted.