Drawing on a rapidly evolving research portfolio, linguistics and English language are key disciplines at the University of Brighton's Humanities, which offers a rewarding, stimulating environment for advanced study.
As one of our doctoral students at the University of Brighton you will work with dedicated research supervisors who will help you though the planning and delivery of your research thesis and assist with your preparation towards a career.
Facilities include our Doctoral College, a supportive and approachable academic community, research training programmes and access to online facilities and library resources from the University of Brighton, London and the South East. Our individual research centres and groups foster academic engagement. Locally, seminars and reading groups are organised by students and staff, while the wider delivery of conference papers and publications is encouraged and supported.
The university provides support and supervision for research study in a variety of fields of linguistics and English language, with a focus on language-use in either a narrow or a wide social context.
Current notable strengths include work on the semantics/pragmatics interface, the pragmatics of non-verbal communication, pragmatics and prosody, psycholinguistics and multimodality, iconicity in language, Marxist historical materialism, discourse analysis, language variation and change, language teacher education, identity and pedagogic change,
Our staff interests can be seen through our online academic staff pages.
The Linguistics and Language team welcomes applications on any of the wide range of subjects listed above.
We advise applicants to contact potential supervisors to gain advice on developing the proposal before submission. For a detailed list of staff and areas of expertise, either go to our staff finder or contact Dr Tim Wharton
The following list will also give a guide to current active research through which you might assess our suitability to help develop your research:
Linguistics and English Language
Current themes being researched include:
Language use in a narrow social context
The semantics-pragmatics interface, the pragmatics of non-verbal communication, pragmatics and prosody, modality and tense, contextualism and evidentiality, psycholinguistics and multimodality (sign, speech and co-gesture), iconicity in language, sign language, relevance theory, the philosophy of language, corpus linguistics.
Language use in a wider social context
Discourse analysis, sociophonetics, world English, historical sociolinguistics, language and gender, language and sexuality, language and power, language in contemporary culture, cybersex conversation. Marxist historical materialism, the language of neoliberalism, language variation and change, language teacher education, identity and pedagogic change.
The University of Brighton is particularly suited to interdisciplinary work and projects that draw on a range of traditional academic areas. Amongst the numerous opportunities on offer are research projects which combine the study of linguistics and English language with: literature, creative practice, art, design, graphics, illustration, education, cultural studies, philosophy, sustainability, medicine, sociology, sports studies, history, film, media, screen studies.
For queries about a PhD with a principal focus on linguistics and language please contact Dr Tim Wharton