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.


Baby talk words help infants learn language

27 May 2016

A study by LEL researchers reveal repeated syllable words aid language development...

Language learning boosts mental agility

28 Apr 2016

Short-term language learning aids mental agility...

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Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference

1 – 3 Jun 2016

The Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference is an annual event hosted by the...

The P-Workshop

2 Jun 2016 13:10 – 14:00

Speaker: Tatiana Reid (University of Surrey)
Topic: 'Nuer morphophonology: the verbal paradigm'

Language Variation and Change Research Group

2 Jun 2016 15:10 – 16:00

Edinburgh Speaks project meeting

AMC Symposium

9 – 10 Jun 2016

Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics Symposium
The first of a biennial series,...

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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.