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.
Sandra Jansen's research interests include urban accents in Great Britain; Northern English and varieties of English around the world.
Dr Pamela Perniss begins ESRC-funded project in 2017
Sociolinguist Dr Sandra Jansen examines Cumbrian vowels
Dr Catherine Watts has been appointed a National Teaching Fellow in
Brighton researcher Pamela Perniss speaks on the experience of language
Dr Catherine Watts has three new French, German and Spanish books
New blog aims to demystify the study of linguistics
A Trip back in time to the Dickens Museum