About Linguistics at Huddersfield

About us


Linguistics and Modern Languages at Huddersfield

Linguistics and Modern Languages is a vibrant subject area with a thriving research culture. In the recent national Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), in which we submitted to the English Language and Literature unit of assessment (UOA 29), 20% of our overall submission was ranked as world-leading in quality (4*) with a further 53% judged to be internationally excellent. We achieved one of the highest scores in the UK for our publications, with 31.1% ranked 4* and 55.8% awarded a 3* rating. Our combined total of 4* and 3* publications places us 4th in the country for research outputs in our unit of assessment.

We focus particularly on applications for linguistics in the solution of real-world problems and have research expertise in the following areas:

  • Bilingualism
  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  •  Forensic speech science
  • History of the English Language
  • Intercultural communication
  • Language acquisition
  • Modern languages and cultures
  • Multimodal communication
  • Phonetics
  • Pragmatics
  • Semantics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Syntax
  • Stylistics

Our research has received funding from the AHRC, British Academy and ESRC and we frequently work with non-academic partners on impact-focused research projects.

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