Student satisfaction of 94% on linguistics programmes in the National Student Survey 2013

Ranked 2nd in the UK for world-leading linguistics research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework

An emphasis on communication and confidence in our language programmes

Our graduates in language and linguistics have highly sought-after skills

Department of Language and Linguistic Science

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Changing the debate? Gender and language-use in the 2015 General Election campaign

Departmental Colloquium - Deborah Cameron (University of Oxford)


Translation effects in Old English: A problem for models of syntactic change?

Departmental Colloquium - Ann Taylor (Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York)


WRDTC Workshop for Linguists

Is linguistics an empirical science?

Languages for All

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At York we are driven by an interest in what language is, in every sense. 

  • Our teaching and research has been consistently highly-rated over a number of years. 
  • We are one of the few departments in the UK to combine the study of modern languages with linguistic study, and our BA degrees offer a variety of combinations of languages and linguistics.
  • Our degrees equip our students with a variety of practical and analytical skills which have significant value in the modern world.

Our university encourages research-led teaching. We offer a wide range of courses guiding you into linguistic research in the final year BA modules and MA modules.

Professor Peter Sells
Head of Department

Vacancy for Lecturer

We are seeking to appoint a new Lecturer in Linguistics with a specialism in syntax and psycholinguistics, to start in September 2016.