Linguistics and English Language

Extensive libraries

With more top-ranked research than any other UK department in the field (RAE 2008), we are one of the largest, most active Linguistics research centres in Europe. 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 Matters Centre opens

14 Oct 2014

People living in Scotland are set to benefit...

Undergraduate Awards: Languages & Linguistics

6 Oct 2014

LEL graduate wins Languages & Linguistics award...

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Glasgow Skeptics

27 Oct 2014 19:00 – 21:30

Lies, Cover-Ups Theft and Death: Just Another Day in the Office. The Psychology of Corporate...

Sociolinguistics Reading Group

28 Oct 2014 15:10 – 16:00

Reading: Ogden, Richard. 2012. Making sense of outliers. Phonetica 69(1-2): 49-67

Developmental Phonology Reading Group

30 Oct 2014 12:10 – 13:00

Reading: Carlson, M. T., Sonderegger, M., & Bane, M. (2014). How children explore the...

Celtic Linguistics Reading Group

30 Oct 2014 13:10 – 14:00

Reading: Kennard, Holly. J. 2014. The persistence of verb second in negative utterances 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.