At Essex, we research the complexities of language from the perspectives of theory, application, and experimentation. We tackle diverse topics such as: how children and adults learn languages, how the human brain processes language(s), how social identity is encoded in the way a person speaks, or the variation in structures found in languages across the world, and especially in Africa and the Middle East. We use this expertise to advise various public bodies. For example, we provide testimonials on Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin (LADO) in court cases of refugees and migrants. Furthermore, we advise policy makers and practitioners on the implementation of research evidence in language teaching and language policy.
Our department houses one research centre, nine research clusters and plays host to two national research networks. Use the links below to visit our research structures and learn more about the ground-breaking research taking place within the Department.
Our research centre facilitates pioneering interdisciplinary work at the very forefront of linguistic research:
Our research encompasses multiple themes with dedicated researchers for each. Use the links below to view the list of research cluster members, view their individual staff profiles and find research supervision:
Our department hosts links to two national research networks. These networks foster collaborative research outside of the University of Essex, whilst providing a platform for outreach beyond the world of academia: