Departments

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

Why
choose us?

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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Apply for a CHASE studentship

The Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), is one of 11 Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by the AHRC in the UK and offers a world-leading environment for doctoral research and education.

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"What I really love about language is that we all think we know how it works – but when you look closer, it almost always surprises you and goes against your expectations. My colleagues and I are passionate about helping you unravel its mysteries and understand how it is the one thing that makes us human."
Professor Monika Schmid 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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Department of Language and Linguistics University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 872083