Student satisfaction of 98% on English Language and Linguistics programmes in the National Student Survey 2016

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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The laryngeal articulator's influence on voice quality and vowel quality

Departmental Colloquium (Summer Week 2) - Dr. John Esling, Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria


Tertulia de Lectura y Cine - April 2017

A monthly Spanish social event to talk about social, historical and political aspects of the Spanish speaking world through literature and film.


Un caso di conservazione del dialetto: il ferrarese

Studio di uno dei dialetti italiani attraverso un progetto di conservazione linguistica.


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 Dunstan Brown
Head of Department


Languages for All

Members of the public, students and staff: Learn a language and expand your horizons and prospects!