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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film


Research in the School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

The School of Languages, Linguistics and Film has a rich and vibrant research culture across its departments: Modern Languages (French, German, Iberian and Latin American Studies, Russian); Comparative Literature; Linguistics; Film Studies; and the Language Centre, which has a research culture in Applied Linguistics.

Areas of Research Strength

  • Modern Languages: Medieval literature in French; Theoretical approaches to the literature of the French-speaking world; Modern French and Francophone literature and its socio-political contexts; Cross-cultural approaches to literature in French; Language policy and planning; German studies from the middle ages to the present day; Anglo-German cultural relations; History of thought; Translation and translation theory; Medieval studies; Gender and queer studies; Language, literature, culture of the Spanish-speaking and Catalan-speaking world, Literature and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world; Russian literature and culture from the 18th to the 21st centuries; Soviet and Russian cinema; Russian folklore; Georgian language and culture; Literary and cultural theory
  • Comparative Literature: Children's literature and culture; Fashion, space and place; the Marquis de Sade; World literature; Comparative literature and intellectual history
  • Linguistics: Formal linguistics; Sociolinguistics
  • Applied Linguistics: Computer-mediated communication, media discourse, health communication, language and national identity, multimodality
  • Film Studies: Film history; Film philosophy; Film practice

Research Centres

The School hosts three Research Centres:

Affiliated Research Centres:

In addition to these, there are research clusters that cross departmental lines and indeed cross the college which include:

Research Excellence Framework

In the most recent research assessment exercise (REF 2014) – a measure of the quality of higher education research in the UK – Linguistics was ranked number one in the UK and Modern Languages and Comparative Literature ranked sixteenth overall.

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