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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.
Learn more about the 2021 REF results


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Equality and Diversity

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



Serate Italiane Talk: L'opera lirica quale strumento di diffusione delle idee risorgimentali nel popolo

On Wednesday 5 June 2024, the Department of Language and Linguistic Science will host a talk on Opera and Risorgimento italiano presented by the Tenor Matteo Pavlica (Teatro Regio, Turin, Italy).


Discover the amazing power of language(s) (with Kamishibai and origami) at the York Festival of Ideas 2024

Explore the ways languages are used in a fun interactive Kamishibai storytelling session.


Lost in the Middle: Changing native languages at the York Festival of Ideas 2024

Our native language or ‘mother tongue’ can change during our adult lives when we move to a different region or country long-term. Known as ‘native language attrition’ this can affect our identity and sense of ourselves.

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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 Vicki Noble: Counting sheep, fruits and bloods

Wednesday 29 May 2024

Doctoral researcher Vicki 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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