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 group, which draws together researchers in linguistics and language studies from across the University of Leeds. Visit the group's website for more information about our activities.
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, our funded research projects and our research publication, Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics and Phonetics.