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.


New appointments for FITS project

13 Aug 2014

The FITS project team is delighted to announce...

Staying quick-sighted helps mental ability later

6 Aug 2014

People who retain an ability to spot things quickly...

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Language Evolution and Computation

16 Sep 2014 11:00 – 12:30

Speaker: Marieke Schouwstra (University of Edinburgh)
Topic: "Basic word order: from natural...

Sociolinguistics Reading Group

16 Sep 2014 15:10 – 16:00

Reading: Maciej Baranowski. "On the role of social factors in the loss of phonemic...

PPLS Tutors Welcome Event

17 Sep 2014 12:00 – 16:00

The PPLS Welcome Event for tutors brings together tutoring staff and other key people in PPLS....

Developmental Phonology Reading Group

18 Sep 2014 12:10 – 13:00

Reading: Yeung, H. H., Chen, L. M., & Werker, J. F. (2014). Referential labeling can facilitate...

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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.