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Modern Languages and LinguisticsPart of Humanities


Modern Languages and Linguistics has a thriving research community and is home to several internationally renowned research centres: CGE (Centre for Global Englishes), TNS (Centre for Transnational Studies), CLLEAR (Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research) and Mexsus the interdisciplinary Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration.

Our vision is rooted in critical interdisciplinarity encompassing humanities and social sciences. We pride ourselves on our ability to innovate and work creatively. Our dynamic and multifaceted research culture is built upon strong connections with our expanding postgraduate research community and innovative research groups in ethnography, second language acquisition, critical realism and Foreign Language Testing.

Our research covers French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American studies, Portuguese and linguistics with particular focus on linguistics, literature, culture, society, politics, history, anthropology and transnational studies.

Modern Languages and Linguistics at the University of Southampton are ranked fifth in the UK for the overall quality of our research (Grade Point Average) out of 57 submissions nationally. We were one of six groups in the University to be ranked in the top five in their subject area.

We were pleased to be placed in the top 20 ‘power’ ranking.


Breaking new ground

Modern Languages and Linguistics staff are engaged in research on a wide range of topics.  

Exploring language

We have three major research centres in the areas of transnational study, linguistics and global Englishes.  

Research excellence

The latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) ranked us in the top 5 of all modern languages and linguistics programmes in the UK for our research, with 84% of our research rated world leading or internationally excellent (grade 4* or 3*).

14 January 2021

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29 June 2020

Bilingualism across the lifespan: discussi...

CLLEAR, the Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisit...

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17 February 2020

What happens to the grammar of your native...

Prof. Laura Domínguez (PI) and Dr Glyn Hicks from Modern Languages ...

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20 January 2022

Virtual Modern Languages and Linguistics S...

In January 2022, the University of Southampton will be hosting its ...

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