Welcome to Linguistics
We are ranked 9th in the world for Linguistics in the International QS rankings for 2014 (up from 10th in 2013). 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.
Funded PhD studentships
For 2015/16, the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University will again offer a number of funded PhD and MA studentships.
New book on pragmatics
Jonathan Culpeper's latest book is published. Pragmatics and the English Language is the product of more than 20 years thinking about pragmatics and a fruitful collaboration with Michael Haugh.
New book published
Charles Alderson's latest book is published. The Diagnosis of Reading in a Second or Foreign Language, co-authored with Eeva-Leena Haapakangas, Ari Huhta, Lea Nieminen, Riikka Ullakonoja, explores the implications of language assessment research on classroom-based assessment practices by providing an in-depth look at the little-examined field of diagnosis in second and foreign language reading.
Worlds of Literacy 2.0
Worlds of Literacy 2.0 took place on 26 September 2014 at the Midland Hotel, Morecambe. The event celebrated the formal retirement of David Barton and Mary Hamilton, although they will keep a link with the university through a new 2 year ESRC grant (with Karin Tusting) on academics writing.
Christopher Hart's two latest books are published. Contemporary Critical Discourse Studies and Discourse, Grammar and Ideology: Functional and Cognitive Perspectives are both published by Bloomsbury publishing.
Department ranked top 10 in the world for 2nd year running
The Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University has been ranked as 9th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2014 rankings (QS 2014). This is up one place from 10th last year and reflects our world-class standing.
40th Anniversary Celebration
LAEL Alumni and ex-colleagues joined the celebrations on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 July as the Department of Linguistics and English Language celebrated turning 40 in 2014 - the same year that the University turns 50! #lael40
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Leech on Tuesday 19 August, at the age of 78. Our thoughts, and deepest condolences, are with his family, friends and colleagues during this sad time.
In memory: Geoffrey Leech (1936-2014)
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 2015 Complete University Guide ranks us 3rd 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.
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