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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Department of Linguistics

Language is central to all aspects of human life: communicating with one another, thinking and reasoning, creating social relations, and passing on ideas and discoveries to future generations. Linguistics is the study of this unique human ability. At Queen Mary we study the nature of language (its structure, and its connection to thought) as well as how it is used (across individuals, situations, and time).


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Our courses in both English Language and in Linguistics offer an exciting range of coverage, flexiblity in choosing options, and skills suitable for a wide range of careers.

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Our department was top-ranked in the UK in the last research assessment (REF 2014). We offer a unique combination of expertise in formal linguistics, experimental linguistics and sociolinguistics.

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The 45th Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) conference will be held at Queen Mary University of London 26th-29th April 2021. 

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Sinn und Bedeutung 25

Sinn und Bedeutung 25 is co-hosted by the linguistics departments at University College London (UCL) and Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

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