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University of Edinburgh: Linguistics and English Language

Institution University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
Study type Research


We have an outstanding international reputation in many areas of Linguistics and English Language research.

We can offer expert supervision across a wide range of topics, including:

  • developmental linguistics, including first and second language acquisition

  • discourse Analysis

  • historical English linguistics, including the syntax, morphology, and phonology from the earliest periods to the present day

  • language evolution

  • linguistic fieldwork

  • morphology, including word formation

  • phonetics and phonology, including diachronic phonology and the phonology of varieties of English and their history

  • Scots

  • sociolinguistics

  • speech technology

  • syntax and semantics, including theoretical syntax, descriptive syntax of English, diachronic syntax and both lexical and formal semantics

  • various theoretical approaches to the study of language

  • Research groups

The School has expertise in all areas of Linguistics and English Language work, represented by a number of research groups:

  • Developmental Linguistics

  • English Language

  • Language Evolution & Computation (LEC)

  • Language in Context

  • Language Variation and Change (LVC)

  • Meaning and Grammar

  • Phonetics and Phonology

Research in speech technology is carried out at the Centre for Speech Technology Research, a collaboration between the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences and Informatics.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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