PhD (Linguistics and Phonetics)

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Linguistics postgraduate reading group

The PhD (Linguistics and Phonetics) is a three-year programme of supervised research on a topic of your own choice. You will attend research training sessions and regular supervision tutorials with your supervisor. There are no compulsory taught modules, but you may audit relevant modules with the agreement of your supervisor. You will also be a member of Language at Leeds, which brings together researchers in language studies from across the University and offers a range of activities and support. At the end of your studies, you will submit a 300-page or 100,000-word thesis, which is assessed through a viva voce examination involving two examiners other than your supervisor.

Areas of expertise

Currently we offer supervision in the following specialist areas of study: phonetics, phonology, morphology, interactional linguistics, syntax, L1 and L2 language acquisition, bilingualism, language pedagogy in global languages (especially L2 Mandarin and L2 English), pragmatics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, language evolution, and language documentation. To see the specific research interests of the Linguistics and Phonetics staff, click on People in the tabs above to access individuals' profiles, or on Research for an overview of current activities.

We currently do not offer supervision in the following areas: most clinical linguistics topics, metaphor, second language pragmatics, lexicography.

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  1. Programmes in Linguistics and Phonetics
  2. MA in Linguistics
  3. MA in Linguistics and English Language Teaching
  4. MA by Research (Linguistics and Phonetics)
  5. PhD (Linguistics and Phonetics)