English Language & Linguistics research
English Language & Linguistics (ELL) is a young, dynamic and growing department with a vibrant research culture. We specialise in experimental and theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics and stylistics. In addition to English and its varieties, our staff work on French, German, Greek, Romani, Spanish, Korean and Russian.
ELL was part of Kent's REF2014 submission to Modern Languages and Linguistics that was ranked 3rd in the UK, with 85% of its published research graded 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'.
The Centre for Language and Linguistics (CLL) connects us to researchers in a wide range of academic and applied disciplines with an interest in the study of language. CLL is run by ELL, but its members come both from the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) and other schools within the University, such as Psychology and Anthropology. Regular lectures by both distinguished visiting speakers and new researchers, and lively discussions in our reading groups, enhance the research environment in ELL. We organise an annual ELL Research Day with talks by ELL staff, postgraduate students, guests and visitors from the university and other institutions. The event is live-tweeted. In addition, ELL in collaboration with CLL organises research training seminars and outreach activities. In November 2014, we organised a series of events on The Genius of Language as part of the Being Human Festival of the Humanities.
Through collaborative projects, we are linked to many academic institutions in the UK and overseas, e.g. University College London, the University of Glasgow, CNRS-Lacito, the University of Chicago, and Haskins Labs. Our international links place us at the centre of the current dialogue in the discipline, while partnerships with non-Higher Education institutions (such as the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge and the Gulbenkian cinema and theatre), reflect our commitment to impact and public engagement.
ELL has its own research laboratory, the Linguistics Lab, which is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities for empirical research and statistical modelling in speech production and perception, language processing and language acquisition.