English Language and Linguistics

Language may be our most uniquely human characteristic, but how much do we know about it? Studying English Language and Linguistics will give you tools for analysing and understanding language (your own and other people's).

Our main focus is on the English language, but students are given examples in unfamiliar languages, and they explore how and why regional, social and functional varieties of languages differ. This provides a very useful platform for pursuing theoretical linguistics itself, but is also valuable for many other fields, such as learning other languages (e.g. Mandarin or Spanish), language teaching, literary criticism, creative and technical writing, psychology, sociology, media studies, philosophy and law.

Research Areas

Research areas of the staff in English Language and Linguistics include the following:

  • Systemic Functional Linguistics, especially Register studies
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Discourse analysis and pragmatics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Applied linguistics, especially English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Medical and health discourse
  • Animal discourse