Department of Linguistics

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The Linguistics Department at Queen Mary University of London was ranked 1st amongst departments of Linguistics in the UK government's latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) and is internationally recognized as a centre for world leading research. We offer a unique combination of expertise in theoretical/generative linguistics and sociolinguistics. 

The faculty and students in this Department of Linguistics study both the structural and the social aspects of language as well as their interaction. We specialize in phonetics/phonology (de Leeuw), morphology (Harbour), syntax (Adger, Borer, van Urk, Drummond), semantics (Marti), sociolinguistics (Cheshire, Cotter, Levon, Sharma), and experimental linguistics (Stockall). 

We have working relationships with staff and research units in the School of Languages Linguistics and Film (especially in the Departments of German, French, and Iberian and Latin American Studies). We also have links outside the School with the Psychology Section in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, and with researchers in Electronic Engineering and Computer Science, through the new Centre for Mind and Society. We encourage students to make use of these relationships. We also have links to colleagues in other Linguistics Departments at other colleges in the University of London system, including the UCL Department of Phonetics and Linguistics, the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication at Birkbeck and the SOAS Department of Linguistics

In recognition of the excellence of our graduate training and supervision, the department is a member of the ESRC funded London Social Science Doctoral Training Centre, and an associate member of the AHRC funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership. Membership in these Doctoral Training Centres allows us to compete for prestigious and highly competitive funding awards for the best students, and provide our students with access to a range of research training activities, and opportunities to develop research relationships with fellow students and staff at other London universities. 

We offer two types of postgraduate degree programmes:

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