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.



28 Jan 2016

The PPLS student societies are trailblazing a new initiative...

Innovative Learning Week

11 Jan 2016

Innovative Learning Week 15 - 19 February 2016...

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Language Evolution and Computation

9 Feb 2016 11:00 – 12:30

Speaker: Kenny Smith (work with Deborah Kerr, MSc ELC 2014/15)
Topic: "The Spontaneous Emergence...

Developmental Linguistics

9 Feb 2016 13:10 – 14:00

Speaker: Barbora Skarabela (University of Edinburgh) - work in collaboration with Mits Ota,...

Historical Phonology Reading Group

11 Feb 2016 13:10 – 14:00

Reading: Ritt, Nikolaus & Kazmierski, Kamil (2016) 'How rarities like gold came to exist: on...

Linguistic Circle

11 Feb 2016 16:10 – 17:00

Speaker: Patrick Rebuschat (Lancaster)
Title: "Individual differences in implicit-statistical...

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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.