Linguistics and English Language

Extensive libraries

We have more world-leading research than any other Linguistics department submitted to the "Modern Languages and Linguistics" panel (REF 2014: Best for Linguistics in the UK). Our community of over 35 staff and 130 postgraduate students work in a vast range of areas from philology through to engineering, engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers at Edinburgh and around the world in disciplines such as biology, education, psychology, cognitive science, and speech & language technologies. Our research has inspired award-winning art and underlies new technology for patients who have lost the ability to speak.


Do bilinguals have a cognitive advantage?

26 Jan 2015

Many published studies have argued that bilinguals have a cognitive...

PPLS research rated as world-leading

18 Dec 2014

PPLS research has been rated world leading...

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Language Evolution and Computation

3 Feb 2015 11:10 – 12:30

Speaker: Jasmeen Kanwal (UCSD)
Topic: "Zipf's Principle of Least Effort from a diachronic...

Language Variation and Change Research Group

4 Feb 2015 13:10 – 14:00

Josef Fruehwald (University of Edinburgh), 'Is it, um, really revealing?'

Meaning and Grammar Research Group

11 Feb 2015 16:10 – 17:30

Speaker: TBA
Topic: TBA

Sociolinguistics Reading Group

12 Feb 2015 15:10 – 16:00

Reading: TBA

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Group Descriptions and Postgraduate Information

LEL hosts a large and thriving community of postgraduate students, working towards a variety of MSc degrees as well as the PhD. Further information about postgraduate study and research is available on the postgraduate study pages. Researchers of postdoctoral standing who are interested in pursuing their research at Edinburgh should make contact with a relevant member of the department; they may want to look into the fellowship programme at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, the Caledonian Research Foundation European Visiting Research Fellowships, or the British Academy Visiting Fellowships.