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.


Linguistics student wins Magnum 30 under 30 Award

23 Mar 2015

Michael Kim, a 4th year student about to graduate...

Edinburgh International Science Festival

26 Feb 2015

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

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Linguistic Circle

31 Mar 2015 17:15 – 18:00

Speaker: Guillaume Thierry (Bangor University)
Title: "Sit back, relax, enjoy the ride:...

The P-workshop

2 Apr 2015 13:10 – 14:00

Speaker: Joe Pater (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)
Topic: 'Violable constraints in...

Linguistic Circle

2 Apr 2015 16:10 – 17:30

Speaker: Joe Pater (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
Title: "Grammatical agent-based...

Linguistic Circle

6 Apr 2015 15:10 – 16:00

Speaker: Penelope Eckert (Stanford University)
Title: "Variation, the Stylistic Landscape, 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.