Linguistics and English Language

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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.


QS World Ranking - Linguistics

5 Oct 2015

University of Edinburgh Linguistics places 3rd...

Are accents a tourist commodity?

5 Aug 2015

Can an accent be classed as a tourist commodity...

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Language Variation and Change Research Group

7 Oct 2015 13:10 – 14:00

Lauren Hall-Lew (University of Edinburgh) and Victoria Dickson (University of Oxford),...

Meaning and Grammar Research Group

7 Oct 2015 16:10 – 17:30

Speaker: Gillian Ramchand (Tromsø)
Topic: Events and situations: evidence from the progressive in...

Historical Phonology Reading Group

8 Oct 2015 13:10 – 14:00

Reading: White, David L. (2004) 'Why we should not believe in short diphthongs'. In Curzan, A. &...

Linguistic Circle

8 Oct 2015 16:10 – 17:00

Speaker: Sven Mattys (York)
Title: "Effects of cognitive load on speech perception"


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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.