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Bilingualism and Linguistics  

POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT SUBJECT AREA

Why Study Bilingualism and Linguistics?

With world-class expertise in this area – Bilingualism, Language Development and Cognitive Linguistics are key research areas.

You will be taught and supervised by research-active staff, many of whom are recognised as international leaders in their fields of expertise.

We offer a state-of-the-art research facility and a phonetics laboratory and are the only academic unit in the UK to offer and MA and PhD in Bilingualism,

Bilingualism is the study of the way speakers of two (or more) languages acquire and use their languages and how these languages are represented in the mind. Where better to study that at a University situated in a truly bilingual region (Welsh-English).

We house an extensive collection of books on Linguistics and English Language that is maintained by the (student run) Bangor Linguistics Society.

In addition, we are proud to have David Crystal as an Honorary Professor, who spends a full day in here each year giving a series of lectures on a range of language related topics.

Career Opportunities in Bilingualism and Linguistics

Our courses offers a range of experiences and would appeal to anyone seeking to embark on career involving the development of the use of language in modern society.

Multilingualism is a wide-spread phenomenon in many countries including the UK. An MA in Bilingualism can be an excellent stepping-stone towards careers in organisations working with bilingual populations and second language learners with and without language impairment, such as speech and language therapists and teachers.

An MA in Linguistics will give you a detailed understanding of how language works and the ability to conduct research at various levels of linguistic analysis. Graduates find career opportunities in a number of fields, such as communications and publishing or others (which may require additional training or professional accreditation) such as teaching.

Our MA in Applied Linguistics for TEFL is suitable for those who wish to teach English as a foreign language for various professional purposes across the globe. Although this is not a formal teaching qualification, it gives students who wish to go on to teach English to non-native speakers the theoretical and linguistics background they need as well as offering practical, classroom experience.

The transferable skills acquired through our courses are beneficial in a range of other careers, including advertising, journalism & consulting.

Our Research in Bilingualism and Linguistics

We have two key research priorities each with attendant world-class expertise: Bilingualism and Cognitive Linguistics. We have an active and diverse research profile that is internationally recognised, with specialisms including Welsh language change, Access Semantics, processing and acquisition of prosody and syntax, the language of victims of crime, language development, corpus linguistics and language change, contested languages, Cognitive Discourse Analysis (CODA), temporal language and the nature of figurative language.

Our vibrant research environment is also manifest through various events throughout the year, ranging from individual talks to informal seminars and workshops to large conferences. Many of these are open not just to academic staff, but also to students and to the general public.

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