Department of Language and Linguistics

Our research

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Leaders in research

We're a leading UK university for language and linguistics research (REF 2014) and a place where talented students become part of an academic community that undertakes world-leading research.

More than three-quarters of our research is rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2014) and we're ranked among the top 150 departments in the QS World University Rankings (2018).

At Essex, you become part of a large and thriving research community, supported by excellent facilities and surrounded by academics who are leaders in their fields.

Publications in top journals

Our staff 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.

Our research groups

We have ten research groups covering many areas of language and linguistics research.

We're also working on a number of projects exploring language learning by children, the language used between emergency services and analysing language use of asylum seekers.

Research events

During term-time, we run a weekly departmental seminar with guest speakers from other universities discussing their work. Open to everyone, these seminars promise a lively and informative discussion.

We also host special events. Recenlty, we held a seminar series funded by an ESRC grant to look at the issues involved in evaluating language data from asylum seekers.

Our conferences and workshops cover a range of topics including sociolinguistics, applied linguistics and psycholinguistics where our students present their research. We also host conferences for student researchers and modern language teachers.

Our research students

Working on a wide range of projects, our research students have carried out ground-breaking research.

From improving methods to teach foreign languages, to the study of how language is acquired and represented in the mind, our students are creating new knowledge in many areas of language and linguistics.