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.


Bilingualism Matters @ Penn State

8 Dec 2014

A new branch of Bilingualism Matters opens...

ESRC Studentships available

5 Dec 2014

Funded by the Economic & Social Research Council...

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PPLS Students Welcome Lunch

13 Jan 2015 13:10 – 15:00

Undergraduate New Visiting PPLS Students Welcome Lunch

An informal lunch where new students...

Linguistic Circle

15 Jan 2015 16:10 – 17:30

Speaker: Caitlin Light (University of York)
Title: TBA"

Language Variation and Change Research Group

21 Jan 2015 13:10 – 14:00

Kevin Stadler (University of Edinburgh), 'Leading change and driving change'

Language Variation and Change Research Group

28 Jan 2015 13:10 – 14:00

Edinburgh Speaks project meeting

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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.