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.


Edinburgh International Science Festival

26 Feb 2015

Lots of PPLS events at the Edinburgh International Science Festival!...

Do bilinguals have a cognitive advantage?

26 Jan 2015

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

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Language Evolution and Computation

3 Mar 2015 11:10 – 12:30

Speaker: Kenny Smith (Edinburgh)
Topic: "Dendrophilia versus simplicity in sequence...

Language Variation and Change Research Group

4 Mar 2015 13:10 – 14:00

Nestor dela Cruz (University of Edinburgh) 'Attitudes towards Call-centre Accents: A Pilot Study...

The P-workshop

5 Mar 2015 13:10 – 14:00

Speakers: David Lorenz (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) and David Tizón-Couto (Universidade...

Linguistic Circle

5 Mar 2015 16:10 – 17:30

Speaker: Björn Köhnlein (Leiden University Centre for Linguistics)
Title: "Fortis, lenis, and...

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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.