Research at the Department of Linguistics, English Language and Bilingualism

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Our Research Bilingualism

Bilingualism and multilingualism are the study of the way(s) in which speakers of two (or more) languages acquire and use their languages and how these languages are represented in the mind.

Located in the richly bilingual setting of north Wales, our staff conduct research on, teach about, and supervise projects on all aspects of bilingualism and multilingualism from theoretical, applied, experimental and ethnographic approaches using qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

In 2007, the Dept was awarded five-year £5m grant, funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC) to establish Bangor’s Bilingualism Research Centre. Its membership, which consists of staff from the Schools of Arts, Culture and Language, the School of Human and Behavioural Sciences and the School of Educational Sciences, and its research has continued since the conclusion of the grant funding in 2012. 

Research in the field of bilingualism (and multilingualism) draws on several disciplines, including linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, education, sociology, economics, and political science. Recent years have seen an explosion of research in this area, as a result of our understanding of the nature of the individual bilingual / multilingual mind, of language use and development, of identity construction and (re)construction as well as of the bilingual and multilingual community, is making rapid progress.

The study of bilingualism and multilingualism is an important part of our Linguistics and English Language undergraduate curriculum. We also offer Welsh medium provision throughout our undergraduate and MA programmes.

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Our Research Language and Cognition

We have an active diversified research profile that is recognised internationally, with specialisms that cover a wide range of subjects and/or areas in linguistics:

  • acquisition
  • processing
  • comprehension
  • disorders and atypical language development
  • use
  • structure
  • variation
  • change
  • communication
  • maintenance
  • preservation
  • teaching
  • technologies

Our research informs our teaching provision at all levels, with our students benefitting from enthusiastic staff at the cutting-edge of academic enquiry and developments. Students can undertake research in these areas from both theoretical and applied approaches using qualitative, quantitative, experimental, and ethnographic methodologies.

Research Partnerships

Linguistics, English Language & Bilingualism staff collaborate with researchers around the world within the areas of their expertise. Here are some examples:

ESRC/Wales Doctoral Training Centre

The Wales DTC is a strategic partnership between the four leading research universities in Wales. The School of Linguistics and English Language is part of the Wales DTC and offers research training through the ESRC accredited Bilingualism Pathway.

Bilingualism Pathway

International Research Network on Contested Languages

Bangor hosts the International Research Network on Contested Languages, a network that aims to harness interdisciplinary expertise to research, advise on and explore the issues surrounding contested languages, particularly their maintenance, development and recognition.

International Research Network on Contested Languages

MPC Network for the Study of Media and Persuasive Communication

This Bangor based network brings together researchers from various disciplines with an interest in topics such as communicating flood risk, persuasion, corporate and governmental surveillance, climate change, and crime reporting. You will find more information below.

The Study of MPC

UK-CLA: The UK Cognitive Linguistics Association

The central objectives of the UK-CLA are to develop and promote the multi-disciplinary field of Cognitive Linguistics within the UK, as well as contribute to the research- and event-based synergy currently growing across Europe, and to foster initiatives and exchanges at the wider international level. To this end, the Association organises a biennial UK-based conference in Cognitive Linguistics, which was hosted by Bangor in 2016.

The 2016 event

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The Child Bilingualism Lab

The Child Bilingualism Lab is a research lab group in the Department of Linguistics, English Language and Bilingualism at Bangor University. In this lab, postgraduate research students, led by Dr Eirini Sanoudaki, conduct research into various areas of childhood bilingualism.

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Bangor Linguistics Circle

The Bangor Linguistics Circle is a Linguistics research seminar series run by postgraduate researchers (PGRs) in the Department of Linguistics, English Language and Bilingualism with the support of our staff. The Linguistics Circle invites experts in different fields of Linguistics from across the UK and further afield to come and give talks to our students about their research. In the past, we have had presentations from expert researchers in areas including Computational Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Bilingualism, Literacy Development, Atypical Language Development, Psycholinguistics, Metaphor, Discourse Analysis and Phonetics.

Upcoming Linguistics Circles events

Past Linguistics Circle presentations

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