Welcome to Linguistics
We are ranked 13th in the world for Linguistics in the International QS rankings 2015. Our specialisms include Corpus Linguistics; Discourse Studies; Language Teaching, Learning and Assessment, Literacy Studies and many others. Over 70% of our undergraduate students attain a graduate level position 6 months after graduating. We offer many popular postgraduate programmes, onsite and distance.
The recently run Dyslexia and Foreign Language Teaching Massive Open Online Learning Course attracted a record number of participants from all over the world. 17,000 language teachers, dyslexic language learners and their parents joined our highly successful 4-week course led by Dr. Judit Kormos.
Dr Tineke Brunfaut from the Department of Linguistics and English Language has been selected to receive a prestigious international award: the TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award.
Ruth Wodak's latest book, The Politics of Fear, What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean, will be published in September 2015 by Sage Publications.
Populist right-wing politics is moving centre-stage, with some parties reaching the very top of the electoral ladder: but do we know why, and why now?
Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also view the world in different ways depending on the specific language they are operating in.
Read the full article on the Conversation
Third year BA Hons students Elizabeth Martin, Eve Groarke and Jack Schofield, have won valuable NHS funding to complete Masters programmes which will enable them to become qualified Speech and Language Therapists.
Claire Hardaker: Twitter expands its anti-abusearsenal, but has a long way to go to silence the trolls
Claire Hardaker writes for the Conversation about how Twitter is taking measures to prevent abuse and more easily ban serial offenders.
Read the full article on the Conversation
The 2016 Complete University Guide ranks Linguistics at Lancaster University 5th in the UK (3rd for graduate prospects).
In the International QS World University Rankings for 2015 Linguistics at Lancaster University has been ranked as 13th in the world.
On the 22nd March, 18 students and 3 staff travelled to Lancaster University's campus in Accra, Ghana as part of the Lancaster-Ghana UG Ambassadors scheme. The blog, written by Linguistics and English Language student Charlotte Davey, follows their journey.
Symposium on Implicit and Explicit Learning
In June, we will host a two-day symposium on "New Directions in Implicit and Explicit Language Learning". This event will bring together leading researchers from psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience in order to critically appraise the role of implicit and explicit processes in language acquisition, to discuss current trends, and to outline future directions to take in this interdisciplinary enterprise.
For full details, please see the symposium website
3rd for Research Power in the REF
In the 2014 REF, Linguistics was submitted with English Literature and Modern Languages, the fourth largest unit in the sub-panel, and the only submission with equally large language and literature departments. The group was rated 3rd of 88 English Language and Literature submissions for Research Power (that is, the average score times the number of staff submitted).
For full details see English Language and Literature REF 2014
For the last forty years, we have been known for cutting-edge empirically-based theoretical and applied research in a wide range of research areas. We constantly strive to make links with potential users of our work. One of our latest developments is the £3.5million ESRC funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science.
The 2016 Complete University Guide ranks us 5th in the UK for Linguistics. We are committed to high quality teaching - we like our students to have access to our research through our courses. New ideas and developments feed directly into what our students learn. Some of our staff have received awards for teaching and we constantly strive to improve.
In the 2014 REF, Linguistics was submitted with English Literature and Modern Languages. The group was rated 3rd of 88 English Language and Literature submissions for Research Power (average score times the number of staff submitted). It was ranked joint 3rd for Research Environment and 7th for impact, with 4 out of 6 cases rated 4*. This large group had 40% of its work rated 4*. The REF shows that almost all our staff both teach and do internationally-recognised research.
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