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University of Huddersfield: English Language and Applied Linguistics

Institution University of Huddersfield
Department Department of History English Linguistics and Music (ADHELIM)
Telephone +44 (0)1484 257054
Study type Taught


This course is designed to develop your knowledge of how language works, in particular the English language, enabling you to describe and analyse English and other languages with accuracy and insight.

You’ll gain a solid understanding of phonetics and phonology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, and explore how that knowledge can be applied to the practical analysis of spoken and written, literary and non-literary texts.

We place particular emphasis on analysing language in real-world contexts. Modules reflect staff expertise, which means you have the opportunity to engage with cutting-edge research in your area of interest.

We have a vibrant research community of national and international students, who often collaborate on projects and present their work within the supportive environment of our annual postgraduate conference. We hold a regular research seminar programme, with presentations by staff, students and visiting guest speakers, and organise and host conferences reflecting our own research interests.

Our staff have links with scholars at many top-ranking universities worldwide, from the United States of America to the Far East. Members of staff are on the committees of significant professional organisations (such as PALA – the Poetics and Linguistics Association - and edit major journals such as the leading stylistics journal, Language and Literature.

For more information about our research areas of interest visit our Linguistics and Modern Languages research pages.

Please note: the inclusion of 'Applied' in the course title refers to the application of Linguistics across a broad range of 'real world' activity and does not imply the narrower pedagogical meaning often associated primarily with TESOL. If you are interested in teacher training courses, then please visit the University's School of Education and Professional Development.

'My research focuses on political language, including news reporting, and the stylistics of contemporary poetry. I supervise research students from a wide range of countries on topics from poetry to political discourse. I am excited to be leading the project to make Hansard more accessible to end-users and hope that it will in some modest way enhance public engagement with democracy. Another recent project I am involved in is the Language in Conflict project (with Dr Jim O’Driscoll and Dr Matthew Evans), which has resulted in the ‘Routledge Handbook of Language in Conflict (2019).' ~ Professor Lesley Jeffries, Chair of the University Council of General and Applied Linguistics (UCGAL).

Professional links and accreditation: Linguistics and Modern Languages is home to the internationally-recognised Stylistics Research Centre (, as well as hosting research groups on language variation and change.

Our staff hold official positions in professional organisations such as the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB) (, the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics and the Poetics ( and Linguistics Association (PALA) (

We edit and publish the popular magazine Babel ( which is aimed at non-specialist readers with an interest in linguistics and language-related issues. As a student you'll have the opportunity to write or review for the magazine.

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