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The Department is one of the leading Linguistics research departments in the UK (top-ranked by the Guardian and the Times Higher Education for the RAE 2008). The Department’s research encompasses both the structure of language and its use within speech communities and different social contexts.
The Department works closely with other linguists in the School, who have specific interests in French, German and Hispanic languages. We have a lively programme of seminars and reading groups and a series of invited guest lectures. Graduate students also receive advanced training in research methodology and specific areas of linguistics from the department's own research training workshops and from advanced core training in lingustics.
Students have access to the major academic libraries and resources in London, in addition to our own study facilities. The Department has a purpose-built linguistics laboratory and recording studio. The laboratory is fully stocked with state-of-the-art recording and transcribing equipment, a comprehensive range of public corpora and software for analysing language and workstations for graduate students and research fellows.
Our specific areas of interest are: syntax, semantics and morphology; prosody, tone and intonation; the structure of spoken language; dialect syntax; and sociolinguistics – including variationist, interactional and discourse-analytic approaches.
Current research projects include work on phi-theory, nominal and pronominal structure, definiteness, experimental morphosemantics, dialect retention and change, indexicality and speech perception, language and the media and urban youth language.
For entry at PhD level, we would normally expect candidates to have an MA or equivalent. The School accepts students for a research degree leading to a PhD of the University of London. Applicants for this degree are accepted on the basis of previous academic performance and subject to the availability of a member of staff to supervise their work. We welcome applications from home and overseas students. As a prospective students are advised to consult a potential supervisor with a draft research proposal before submitting a formal application. You should also include a relevant piece of written work showing your potential for carrying out high level research in your subject area (preferably a final-year undergraduate or MA dissertation), with your application. Completed applications should be sent to the Admissions and Recruitment Office at Queen Mary.
Please also refer to the How to apply section.
For international students, please refer to the International students section on this website.
For further information please contact:
Dr Erez Levon
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8435