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.


Bilingualism aids stroke recovery

20 Nov 2015

Multilingual patients more likely to recover cognitive abilities...

Newton International Fellowship Award

11 Nov 2015

The eighth round of Newton International Fellowships has been awarded...

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Symposium on Historical Phonology

3 – 4 Dec 2015

The Second Edinburgh Symposium on Historical Phonology
Featuring the Angus McIntosh Centre for...

Linguistic Circle

3 Dec 2015 16:10 – 17:00

Speaker: Paula Rubio-Fernández (University of Oslo)
Title: "Saying too much can be efficient: A...

Meaning and Grammar Research Group

7 Dec 2015 16:00 – 17:30

Speaker: Roberto Zamparelli (University of Trento)
Topic: Understanding Subkinds

Abstract: The...

Language Variation and Change Research Group

9 Dec 2015 13:10 – 14:00

Daniel Lawrence (University of Edinburgh), 'The social perception of change-in-progress in...

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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.