Linguistics and English language research

Our research explores language from both a psychological and a social perspective; from what constitutes individual linguistic knowledge to the power and diversity of language as a social, political and cultural phenomenon.

With PhD students and an expanding research staff, we embrace a number of different approaches to the analysis of discourse in both narrow and broad social contexts and address ways in which language-use shapes society and society shapes language-use. 

The academic community is built on a research culture that covers a range of perspectives with current notable strengths including 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.

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