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Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research

About us

The Centre promotes a broadly based linguistics and applied language research agenda.

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The Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research brings together research-active staff, language tutors and postgraduate students with an interest in formal and applied linguistics. The Centre provides a lively and active research environment, promotes excellence in teaching and learning, and hosts a wide range of events including workshops, student-led reading groups, research seminars and conferences.

Our staff and PhD students have a research expertise in a variety of topics including language and society, linguistic theory, multilingualism, linguistic ethnography, language acquisition and language education.

The group on language learning and teaching investigates a range of research questions in diverse settings. A combining feature of these research endeavours is to find out how humans learn languages in and outside of classrooms, how teaching practices vary and might be improved, what features are typical or interesting about the language produced by learners and how culture and other beliefs influence teaching and learning practice.

The linguistic theory group is interested in theories of the human language faculty and how language is instantiated in the minds of speakers. The group’s theoretical interests largely concern current generative approaches to the language faculty and its architecture, with a focus on syntax and its interfaces with morphology, phonology, semantics and pragmatics.

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