Areas of expertise

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We have particular research expertise in the following areas:

  • Language acquisition, including first language acquisition, second language acquisition, developmental pragmatics, developmental disorders and language teaching practices
  • Psycholinguistics, including sentence processing and experimental pragmatics
  • Discourse studies, including politeness theory, language and gender, language and power and interactional linguistics
  • Syntax and its interaction with information structure and morphology
  • Phonetics and phonology, including acoustic and instrumental phonetics, laboratory phonology and the study of spontaneous speech patterns

Our staff and research students are active members of the Language, Linguistics and Translation research group in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, and of the wider Language at Leeds research network, which draws together researchers in linguistics and language studies from across the University of Leeds. Visit the Language at Leeds website for more information.

We also participate in research groups with colleagues from the Universities of York and Sheffield, such as the White Rose Forum on Language Acquisition and the White Rose Language and Interaction group, as well as in other national and international research networks.

Please follow the links below to read more about current staff research and our funded research projects.

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  1. Areas of expertise
  2. Current staff research
  3. Funded research projects
  4. Current student research