Everybody in the world knows how to speak at least one language. Language is arguably one of the things that make us human. But what is 'knowing’ a language? How is that knowledge put to use? How does it get there?
Staff and students at Brighton foster an environment with such questions at its heart. Seeking answers involves exploring 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.
Our students learn to appreciate the complexities of language on a range of different levels. We look at 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.
Courses at BA, MA and PhD level equip students with high-level research skills, a sound basis in theory and the practical tools required to apply theory to real linguistic data.
This 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.