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Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and Communication

An interdisciplinary research centre for language, communication and interaction

The Centre for Advanced Studies in Language and Communication (CASLC) at the University of York is an innovative interdisciplinary research centre for the study of language and communication in social interaction. Our CASLC website offers the latest information about our research, activities, and members.

The Centre provides a platform for:

  • Basic research into linguistic patterns and embodied practices associated with language use in social interaction in ordinary and institutional contexts.
  • Applied research into the effectiveness of communication, and strategies for improving communication, in social and organizational settings (for instance, in medical, legal and educational settings, emergency service calls/help lines)
  • Developing innovative interdisciplinary research into language use and communication.
  • Postgraduate training, in particular on the PhD Programme Language & Communication and the MA in Applied Linguistics with Conversation Analysis Pathway.
  • Collaboration with other researchers at York, in the UK and beyond.
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration between Centre members, research students, post-doctoral and other visitors.
  • Continuous professional training in the methodology of Conversation Analysis from a multimodal perspective, and its implementation in basic and applied research projects.

Contact details

Centre Director: Prof. Merran Toerien 

Department of Sociology

University of York


YO10 5DD

CASLC website

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