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Research Fellow (Technical language and semantic shift in Middle English)
Ref. 50047919

Salary: £39,502 - £43,870 per annum (incl. L.W.A.)

Department: Dept of Eng, Lings & Cultural Studies

Location: Regent Street

The Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies is seeking to employ a three-year fixed-term Post-Doctoral Researcher with expertise in Middle English and historical semantics and lexicology. The post arises since Professor Louise Sylvester was awarded funding by Leverhulme Trust for the research project "Technical language and semantic shift in Middle English" to research patterns of borrowing at different levels of the lexical hierarchy and the links to semantic shift.

In the UK Government’s REF 2014 assessment of research activity, English at Westminster was ranked 28th out of 89 departments in Britain, with 79% of its work judged to be of world leading or internationally excellent quality. In terms of research publications, Westminster was ranked in the top 20 UK departments, with particular mention of work in historical linguistics.

The main duties and responsibilities will be using electronic lexicographical resources, to identify and classify relevant Middle English lexis in a set of semantic domains associated with everyday life in medieval England with contributions to the analysis of patterns of borrowing, semantic shift and word replacement.

Candidates will be expected to have a PhD and research experience in relevant fields including Middle English, lexicography and lexicology. 

Job reference number: 50047919

Closing date: Friday 28 April 2017

Interviews are likely to be held on: Week commencing 8 May 2017

Administrative contact (for queries only): Recruitment@westminster.ac.uk

Please note: We are unable to accept any applications by email. All applications must be made online. CVs in isolation or incomplete application forms will also not be accepted.

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