Modern Languages and Linguistics

MappaMundiResearch in Modern Languages and Linguistics at York, Leeds and Sheffield is highly diverse and varied. At York, scholars in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science are working on a range of topics in theoretical and empirical linguistics, with current projects on aspects of language acquisition, psycholinguistics,  language variation, forensic speech science, phonetics and phonology, syntax and semantics.

At Leeds, researchers in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies are working a similar range of topics, and also on discourse analysis, language and gender, language and power, and international linguistics, as are colleagues in the School of English.

The School of English at Sheffield is similarly interested in a broad range of themes relating to applied linguistics and language acquisition, as well as in literary linguistics, and colleagues in the School of Languages and Cultures are working on topics in socio-linguistics, corpus linguistics, structures of language, and language and its applications (including translation) across a range of languages.

In Modern Languages research, the Department of English and Related Literature at York boasts research specialisms in non-English literatures from the medieval to the postcolonial periods. In the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies at Leeds researchers are working on all periods from the medieval to the twenty-first century and across a large range of languages and countries, including Latin America, East Asia, the Middle East, and Russia, with research groups in cultural studies, film and visual culture, history, translation studies, literary studies, and area studies.

At Sheffield too, the emphasis in Modern Languages is on visual cultures, gender and identity, intellectual history and politics, migration, culture and community, literary studies and cultural history, and a wide range of languages and countries are covered, with a Centre for Dutch Studies, a Centre for Luxembourg Studies, and a particular focus on Slavonic languages.