Linguistics and Phonetics at Leeds

Linguistics student making an audio recording

Linguistics and Phonetics in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies offers research and teaching expertise in major areas within modern language studies and speech science, with particular strengths in language acquisition, syntax, discourse analysis and phonetics.

Teaching and research excellence

We are ranked joint 1st in the UK for overall student satisfaction in the 2017 National Student Survey. With a student satisfaction rating of 100%, the indicators show that we are academically successful and provide an excellent learning environment.

Academic staff are active researchers in their specialist fields, publishing in top international journals such as Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Applied Linguistics, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of Phonetics, Journal of Child Language and Frontiers in Psychology.

A recent external examiner's report contained the following evaluation:

As I have reached the end of my 4-year appointment I am satisfied that I am leaving the programme in an even stronger position than I found it. I have to commend my colleagues on extremely high standards of teaching and learning, on the breadth and depth of their assessments, on the excellence of their feedback, and on the attention to personalized learning. The staff on the BA in Linguistics and Phonetics are an extremely dedicated team providing first-class training in the field.


We offer state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research, including a recording studio, a phonetics laboratory for acoustic and articulatory analysis of speech, and a linguistics laboratory with eye-tracking apparatus, among other technical resources. We also offer a comfortable social space for students and staff to meet and collaborate.


We work closely with specialists in language studies from other centres and schools, including the Centre for Translation Studies, the School of English, the School of Education and the Institute of Psychological Sciences. Together, we form the interdisciplinary research network Language at Leeds, which offers a dynamic environment for research and research-led teaching.

Many of our collaborations feed into our undergraduate and MA programmes, providing our students with a wide range of options for specialisation as well as a broad understanding of how human language is structured and acquired, produced and transmitted, and used in various modes of communication.