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Department of Linguistics

Our research strengths

  • The variety of studied languages and regional expertise
  • Wide-spread of complementary thematic expertise among staff, leading to the potential if original research synergies
  • Expertise in endangered languages and language documentation and description
  • In-depth study of the structure of African, Asian and Middle Eastern languages and the contexts in which they are used
  • Long and distinguished tradition in leading linguistic research
  • Easy access to excellent specialist library holdings, Endangered Languages Archive, and Linguistics Resources Room

Our publications

The department published two journals annually that reflect the diversity of our research interests and output

Research groups

Research clusters

Theoretical linguistics and typology
  • Linguistic diversity and its theoretical modelling
  • Language typology
  • Historical-comparative linguistics
  • Language variation and change caused by the patterns of language use, social factors and language content
  • Functional Grammar, Construction Grammar, LFG, Dynamic Syntax
Language documentation and description
  • Documentation and description of endangered languages
  • Language support and revitalization
Applied linguistics
  • Language pedagogy
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Multilingualism
  • Theory of translation

Research projects

More specific details of research based in the department are available from the research project pages or from individual staff profiles.

Research in action

Find out more about our research impact on our Research in action page