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Languages and applied linguistics
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Languages and Applied Linguistics

The Language and Literacies Research Cluster is located in the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET). Researchers in language and literacies view language as a powerful social and cultural phenomenon and adopt a range of socially oriented approaches towards the study of language across the lifespan. A wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches are used, including cognitive stylistics, complexity theory, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, eyetracking, multimodal analysis, linguistic ethnography, metaphor theory, literary theory and criticism, semiotics, systemic functional linguistics, sociocultural theory, social network theory and sociolinguistics.

These approaches are used to explore language in many contexts such as language education, teaching and learning across the curriculum, social work, medical humanities, conflict resolution, language policy, digitally mediated communication, social media, language and globalisation.

Our work covers a range of exciting research topics with a particular focus on the following:

  • academic and professional literacies
  • communication in social and healthcare contexts
  • intercultural communication
  • language and creativity
  • language and globalisation
  • language and policy
  • language and the digital media
  • language as a social semiotic in teaching and learning
  • open educational practices
  • the teaching and learning of foreign and second languages in online and distance contexts
  • translation studies.

Key facts

  • You will have the opportunity to work with leading researchers in their fields.
  • We have PhD and EdD students studying with us, forming a strong research student community.
  • Students participate in a wide range of academic and social events.


Specialist software for language data analysis, including access to several large corpora, is available.



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