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.


Wee Science hosts two Fringe events

24 Jul 2014

Wee Science hosts two talks as part of Summerhall's Fringe events 2014...

New Library Resources

16 Jul 2014

Oxford Bibliographies Online Philosophy Module available...

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Sociolinguistics Reading Group

30 Jul 2014 14:10 – 15:00

Reading: Labov, W. (2010). Principles of linguistic change. Volume 3, Cognitive and cultural...

Wee Science: How do children understand the world?

8 Aug 2014 10:00 – 11:00

An Edinburgh Festival Fringe event:
Dr Hugh Rabagliati and Dr Leonidas Doumas of Psychology will...

Play, Language, and Infants' Developing Minds

15 Aug 2014 10:00 – 11:00

An Edinburgh Festival Fringe event:
Dr Mits Ota and Dr Barbora Skarabela of Linguistics, and Dr...

Linguistic Circle

2 Oct 2014 16:10 – 17:30

Speaker: Giuseppe Longobardi (University of York)
Title: "Darwin's Last challenge"


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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.