About us

Linguistics and Modern Languages is a vibrant subject area with a thriving research culture. In the recent national Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), in which we submitted to the English Language and Literature unit of assessment (UOA 29), 20% of our overall submission was ranked as world-leading in quality (4*) with a further 53% judged to be internationally excellent. We achieved one of the highest scores in the UK for our publications, with 31.1% ranked 4* and 55.8% awarded a 3* rating. Our combined total of 4* and 3* publications places us 4th in the country for research outputs in our unit of assessment.

Research in Linguistics and Modern Languages is concentrated in the Institute for Applied Linguistics and its constituent research centres and groups. We focus particularly on applications for linguistics in the solution of real-world problems and have research expertise in the following areas:

  • Bilingualism
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Forensic speech science
  • Gesture and nonverbal communication
  • History of the English language
  • Intercultural communication
  • Language acquisition
  • Modern languages and culture
  • Multimodal communication
  • Phonetics
  • Pragmatics
  • Semantics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Syntax
  • Stylistics

Our research has received funding from the AHRC, British Academy and ESRC and we frequently work with non-academic partners on impact-focused research projects.