Language and Linguistics

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Everything starts with language. Language starts here.

Language is fundamental to our thoughts, relationships and cultures.

It's at the heart of every interaction we have with each other. From falling in love, to settling global political disputes, and even posting on social media.

At Essex, we explore this uniquely human phenomenon from every angle - from investigating social perceptions of different accents, to teaching a range of modern languages, researching how children and adults learn new languages, and empowering people from underrepresented communities around the world. 

We're a leading UK university for language and linguistics research (REF 2014). If you have a global outlook, are interested in human interaction and want real-world practical skills, welcome home.


Our courses

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Learn languages from complete beginner up to mastery level
One of the most varied BA Linguistics offers
We're a leading UK university for language and linguistics research (REF 2014)
Only UK university offering MA Translation, Interpreting and Subtitling
Gain a teaching qualification and experience on BA TEFL
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Nancy Kula
"Join our community of staff and students from all over the world. Together we'll explore the different ways that language shapes the world we live in."
Professor Nancy Kula Head, department of language and linguistics
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Our research

Our academics are not only actively publishing recent research in top-ranked international journals, but have authored many of the most widely used linguistics textbooks in the world. You become part of our thriving research community, supported by academics who are leaders in their fields. 

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Latest news
Essex climbs into top 30 in the Complete University Guide
25 Apr 2018
We’re recruiting new academics thanks to growth
13 Apr 2018
Launch of Bilingualism Matters centre at Essex
15 Mar 2018
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Department of Language and Linguistics University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872083