PhD project

Communication mechanisms in British Sign Language (BSL)

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Application deadline

28 February 2024

British Sign Language (BSL) is reportedly used by approx. 150K people in the UK, yet its psycholinguistic aspects of the language as a communicative medium are relatively under-investigated. We invite applications from strong and motivated candidates to our highly interdisciplinary PhD project on acquisition and processing mechanisms of BSL. A variety of specific issues can be addressed in this investigation, for example, bilingualism in BSL and English in children and adults; interplay of different types of signals; ‘dialects’ in BSL; identity and BSL. We believe that it is crucial to address this issue with multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological approaches.

We envisage students would have a background in Psychology or a relevant subject (e.g., Speech & Language Therapy, Linguistics, Psycholinguistics). We would particularly welcome applications from BSL users or from those with a good working knowledge of BSL. The specialisation in the PhD would be in Psychology (PhD in Psychology). Students without a sufficient Psychology background may be offered to undertake one of our MSc programmes, or some of our MSc training modules, in their 1st year. 

How to apply

  1. Email Dr Yuki Kamide to
    • Send a copy of your CV
    • Discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).
  2. After discussion with Dr Kamide, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. 


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