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Language and Linguistic Science

A dynamic and innovative department, our expertise spans the arts and sciences. We offer an exciting range of courses combining modern foreign languages, English language, and linguistics. Find out more about our department.

The Research Excellence Framework 2021

  • We’re ranked 1st in the UK for the quality of our research - according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021). Also, 100% of our research impact was rated 4* - REF’s highest rating.
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Equality and Diversity

We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of our commitment to gender equality.



York Conference on Conversation Analysis

On the 12th July 2024, a group of PGR students from the Department of Language and Linguistic Science and the Department of Sociology are hosting the inaugural York Conference on Conversation Analysis (YorCCA).

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Adventure Beyond Language: Building Community and Understanding Culture in the LfA Japanese Elementary Course

Wednesday 29 May 2024

After months of diligent study, the students enrolled in the LfA Japanese Elementary Course 23-24 proudly showcased a brief summary of their accomplishments on 29th April (Group 2) and 1st May (Group 1), marking a significant milestone in their learning journey.

Pint of Science talk by doctoral researcher Vicky Noble: Counting sheep, fruits and bloods

Wednesday 29 May 2024

Doctoral researcher Vicky Noble presented aspects of her research to a lay audience on May 15th during the Pint of Science event in The Winning Post, York.

4th, 6th and 10th in the UK: Complete University Guide 2025

Thursday 23 May 2024

Language and Linguistic Science at York is ranked 4th (French), 6th (Iberian Languages) and 10th (linguistics) in the UK according to the latest release of the Complete University Guide league tables (2025).

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