Linguistics Research Subject

Research Centres and Groups

The department hosts active research groups in areas such as cognitive linguistics, critical discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, language and gender, literacy, pragmatics and stylistics, and second language learning, assessment and teaching.

ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science

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CASS is a Centre designed to bring a new method in the study of language – the corpus approach – to a range of social sciences.

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Lancaster Literacy Research Centre

We work to understand the role of literacy in all areas of social life. Our members want to improve communication and collaboration between researchers and educational practice. 

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UCREL - University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language

We specialise in the automatic or computer-aided analysis of large bodies of naturally-occurring language

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DisTex - Discourse and Text Research Group

The Discourse and Text Research Group (DisTex) brings together researchers interested in how meaning is made in different contexts, modes and genres of communication.

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Forensic Linguistics Research Group

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Welcome to the FORGE (Forensic Linguistics Research Group). Open to all Lancaster University academics, students, and visiting scholars who are interested in forensic linguistics research.

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LIP - Language, Ideology and Power Group

We investigate the way language and other semiotic resources are used to communicate, legitimate and instantiate social identities and relations in a variety of discursive contexts

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LTRG - Language Testing Research Group

We are open to all staff and research students interested in language testing issues.

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Phonetics Lab Research Group

Phonetics Experiment

The Phonetics Lab Research Group investigates the social and linguistic dynamics of phonetic variation.

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Research Group in Cognitive Linguistics


Lancaster is the largest centre for cognitive linguistic research in the UK

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SLLAT - Second Language Learning and Teaching Research Group

This research group welcomes staff, students, and visitors interested in Second Language Acquisition research.

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