Our research: Making a difference
Our research is centred
around four clusters with a continuous dialogue and exchange between members
of the different groups.
We are committed to applying
rigorous experimental methodologies, informed by formal linguistic theory, in
the investigation of topics ranging from the nature and form of representations
to language acquisition and processing.
We model linguistic competence, ie the rules and processes through which
speakers generate and understand language.
Using a variety of methodologies – from corpus analysis and acoustic
studies to traditional variationist and historical paradigms – we investigate
socially meaningful linguistic variation and its implications for communication
and language change.
Taking an eclectic, interdisciplinary
focus, we work at the frontiers of linguistics and literary studies. Our research
explores and analyses a wide range of genres, drawing significantly on our own creative practice.
We have excellent links with national and international organisations and our staff have won prestigious research
awards from the Academy of Korean Studies, the British Academy, the Leverhulme
Trust, and the National Science Foundation.
The Department also has its own dedicated research
laboratory, the Linguistics Laboratory, which is equipped with
state-of-the-art facilities for empirical research and statistical modelling in
speech production and perception, language processing and language
Visit our People page to discover more about our academic staff, their interests and activities, and how to contact them.