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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Department of Linguistics

Ranked #1 English Language programme provider in the UK for 'Teaching on my course' (NSS 2023) and #1 Linguistics department for Research Outputs (REF 2021)

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 for research quality (outputs) in the latest research assessment (REF 2021, see THE rankings). We offer a unique combination of expertise in formal linguistics, experimental linguistics and sociolinguistics.

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