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 Centre opens

14 Oct 2014

People living in Scotland are set to benefit...

Undergraduate Awards: Languages & Linguistics

6 Oct 2014

LEL graduate wins Languages & Linguistics award...

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Language Variation and Change Research Group

5 Nov 2014 13:10 – 14:00

Ryan Hamilton (University of Edinburgh), 'Is anyfing going on here? A study of TH-fronting in an...

Meaning and Grammar Research Group

5 Nov 2014 16:10 – 17:30

Speaker: Ronnie Cann (LEL)
Topic: Indexicality and binding: construing personal pronouns in...

Historical Phonology Reading Group

6 Nov 2014 14:10 – 15:00

Reading: Round, Erich (2011) 'Function word erosion which is not a frequency effect: On...

Linguistic Circle

6 Nov 2014 16:10 – 17:30

Speaker: David Green (University College London)
Title: "Language control in bilinguals:...

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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.