Here's another opportunity to work with/for the Anglo-Norman Dictionary:
Aberystwyth University: Department of European Languages, Anglo-Norman Dictionary Project
Following the award in July 2012 of a (further) AHRC grant to support
the Anglo-Norman Dictionary project, under way since 2001 (www.anglo-norman.net), Aberystwyth University is funding a Ph.D. studentship in association with the AND.
The University is offering “a PhD Studentship with a specific remit
that includes the development of specialist skills in the subject”, the
aim being “both [to] aid the employability of the student and help
provide continuity to your project”. The studentship, then, is intended
to be a form of capacity building and also consolidation.
Candidates should have at least a 2.1 (or equivalent) degree and normally a Master’s degree, normally in French. Previous experience of
medieval French and/or of historical Romance linguistics is also
The thesis topic, to be decided in discussion with the PI and the project team, will take the form of an edition of unpublished Anglo-Norman material (to be determined). This might be in the form of a
broadly “literary” text, or collection of short texts; or of a set of
Anglo- Norman charters. The text of texts will be selected for its or
their lexical interest, and will be accompanied by a thorough glossary
and other linguistic and lexical commentary. The lexis uncovered by the
Ph.D. thesis will feed into the AND. This model is the one successfully
used for the “Anglo-Norman in the National Archives” project (2007/08,
also AHRC-funded) and is directly analogous to the work recently carried
out for a doctorate (edition of the Anglo-Norman version of a crusade
chronicle by Baudri de Bourgeuil) by Jennifer Gabel, who was funded by a joint AHRC/Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft grant, held between the AND
and the Dictionnaire Étymologique de l’Ancien Français (DEAF) in
The PI, and indeed all the project team, have
themselves edited medieval texts, and thus (in conjunction with the
unrivalled Anglo-Norman resources of the AND project) are particularly
well placed to form a high-quality supervisory and mentoring team.
Working within the AND will provide the student with a very good
environment for his/her work. At present, an Aberystwyth-funded Ph.D.
student is working on medieval documents produced by or connected to
Italian merchants in England (supervised by Professor Trotter), and is
able to benefit from the facilities, advice, and indeed networking
possibilities which the AND project is able to offer. These include not only the opportunity to become involved in various international colloquia and exchanges, but
also access to funding for research materials and travel. We would want
the new Ph.D. student to be similarly involved.
Value of Scholarships:
Successful candidates will receive a grant for up to three years which
will cover their tuition fees (up to the UK/EU rate of £3,932) and also
provide them with a maintenance allowance of approximately £13,590 and
access to a travel and conference fund (£500 per annum).
We would hope that the successful candidate could start at or before Easter 2013. The latest start date is September 2013.