In the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies
Research in Language, Linguistics and Translation at the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies encompasses a wide range of specialisms, including conversation and discourse analysis, language processing, language variation, phonetics, first and second language acquisition, syntax, machine translation, translation theory and literary and technical translation. Researchers in these areas benefit from, and contribute to, the extensive language expertise held in the School, which covers Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Slovene, Spanish and Thai, among others.
Research in Language, Linguistics and Translation is concentrated in two subject areas within the School: Linguistics and Phonetics, and Translation Studies. In addition, various staff members in specific language areas, as well as in the School's Language Centre conduct linguistic and translation research.
Corpus-based research is a particular strength. The Centre for Translation Studies conducts world-leading research in methods for the collection, enrichment and analysis of monolingual and multilingual corpora, contributing significantly to the state of the art in corpus linguistics on a number of fronts. This work has attracted external funding from UK sources (AHRC, EPSRC, Leverhulme), European programmes (FP7, Leonardo, LLP), and multinational corporations and consortia (Google, TAUS).
Further strengths are in experimental language research and language acquisition. Researchers in Linguistics and Phonetics conduct eye-tracking and various production and perception experiments, and have a strong track record of innovative work in child language acquisition as well as theoretical and applied second language acquisition. In recent years, Linguistics and Phonetics research has attracted external funding from multiple UK sources (AHRC, ESRC, BA, Leverhulme).