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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The UK Language Variation and Change 12 conference is taking place at Queen Mary 3-5 September. More details linked below.

Conference website

LAGB 2019

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The 2019 Annual Meeting of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain is taking place at Queen Mary 9-12 September. More details linked below.

Conference website

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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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