Language is unique to humans and central to virtually all human activity. Studying it provides a window on the mind, on people and on society.
We adopt a pluralistic approach to the language sciences and do not privilege any single theoretical framework or methodological approach.
Understanding the complex nature of language, be it as a means of communication and thought, as a social tool, as an expression of identity, as a multimodal phenomenon, as a window into history and the mind, and as a formal system – is best achieved by the simultaneous pursuit of multiple approaches.
University research themes
We lead collaboration across the University's research themes – areas of research excellence that cross departmental boundaries. We have strong partnerships within three themes:
We promote our research results and wider expertise through annual or cyclic events in a variety of educational channels:
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