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.


Big Idea Podcast

12 Apr 2015

Two PPLS academics feature in the latest Big Idea Podcast...

College Recognition Awards

10 Apr 2015

Submissions are now open...

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Language Evolution and Computation

28 Apr 2015 11:10 – 12:30

Speaker: Joe Fruehwald (University of Edinburgh)
Topic: "Cohorts, Lifespans, and The...

47th Language at Edinburgh Lunch

30 Apr 2015 12:30 – 13:45

The Language@Edinburgh Lunch is a bi-monthly opportunity to present your work to an...

The P-workshop

30 Apr 2015 13:10 – 15:00

Post-Graduate Session: Merel Maslowski 'Differentiating between production-driven and...

Language Variation and Change Research Group

5 May 2015 10:10 – 15:00

Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (The Ohio State University), 'Sociolinguistic perception: Experimental...

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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.