Our Facilities


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Our teaching and research facilities offer a world-class environment in which to work. Linguistics and Modern Languages is based in the brand new Oastler Building, which opened in January 2017. The department has its own dedicated teaching rooms, a speech science lab, language labs, an interpreting suite, a language resource centre with a specialist linguistics library, and dedicated social space. The University library, with its excellent linguistics collection, is just two minutes’ walk from our department and provides 24 hour access to IT facilities as well as a vast range of electronic resources and databases.

I use the Library a lot, as well as the interlibrary exchange programme. I like having access to unlimited resources on Summon, the University’s online facility - especially the latest journals. And I love Student Central to meet and have coffee with friends or for sporting activities.
— Beatrice Owiti, PhD Linguistics

The department also has a wide variety of electronic resources specifically for language research, including a range of licensed corpus linguistics software (e.g. Wmatrix, WordSmith Tools and Sketch Engine), a wide variety of linguistic corpora (including the British National Corpus, the ICAME corpus collection and a large number of purpose built corpora) and many databases such as Early English Books Online, Proquest (providing access to news archives) and the online Oxford English Dictionary and Historical Thesaurus.