Linguistics is by its nature a highly practical discipline. Many of our large research projects have clear impact potential and we are developing their applications in partnership with professionals from non-academic fields. Below are some examples of our work in this area.
Babel: The Language Magazine
Babel is a popular magazine edited in the department and aimed at non-specialist readers with an interest in linguistics and language-related issues. David Crystal acts as Linguistic Consultant for the magazine and the international Advisory Panel includes many major figures in linguistics, among them David Britain, Peter Stockwell, Peter Trudgill, Katie Wales and Laura Wright. The magazine is available in print and digital format and subscription is available through the Babel website.
If you are interested in writing or reviewing for Babel, contact Matthew Evans email@example.com.
Forensic Speech Science
Members of the Speech Science Research Group are currently working on an ESRC-funded project to construct a database of population data for West Yorkshire, aimed at improving forensic speaker comparison.
Contact Erica Gold firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to discuss potential consultancy services.
Integrating Linguistics into A-Level English Language
We are working with local teachers on integrating current developments in linguistics into the teaching of A-level English Language. We hold an annual day conference for A-level English teachers and have pioneered the development of Bridge Fellowships. These are offered to suitably qualified A-level teachers to enable them to work with us on establishing stronger links between Further and Higher Education, specifically concerning the teaching of linguistics, English language and modern languages. In return, Bridge Fellows have the opportunity to complete an MA by Research for no fee.
Interested teachers should contact Louise Nuttall email@example.com for more details
Language in Conflict
Members of the Stylistics Research Centre and Centre for Intercultural Politeness are collaborating with professionals in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution to enhance the linguistic skills and understanding of mediators and international negotiators by producing instructional materials and running training courses.
For further information on these activities, contact Lesley Jeffries firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lingo: The Language Magazine for Young Readers
Lingo is the younger sibling of Babel and has been developed with the aim of popularising linguistics in primary and secondary schools. Edited in the department, the magazine is available in print and digital format. You can read a sample issue or subscribe on the Lingo website.
If you are interested in writing for Lingo, contact Hazel Price email@example.com.
Language Unlocked is a consultancy service focused on language use. We have a strong track record in corpus-based and corpus-driven stylistics and are currently developing methodologies and interpretative procedures for serving the interests and needs of external users. We undertake consultancies for public and private companies and voluntary third sector and non-governmental organisations whose concerns require a subtle understanding of large bodies of text. Past clients include Unions 21, IntensiChem and the UK Green Party
Contact Hazel Price firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the services we offer.
Hansard at Huddersfield is an AHRC-funded project that aims to make the rich resource of Hansard, the record of parliament, more useful to a wide range of people and more informative for non-expert users. By simplifying corpus linguistic software and combining it with interactive visualisations, it provides users with new ways of searching Hansard and, by extension, provides new ways of thinking about parliamentary language. Find Hansard at Huddersfield’s website at
Contact Fransina Stradling hansard.hud.ac.uk for more information about the project.