Why Study Linguistics?
Explore topics such as how languages arise, change and die, how children acquire their first language, and how adults learn a second or foreign language.
Our staff are experienced in foundation teaching in introductory linguistics as well as providing more specialised support and teaching. We offer a range of undergraduate courses. You can also combine Linguistics with a range of complementary subjects, including English Language, Sociology, Psychology Journalism, or a Modern Language.
We are passionate about teaching and ensuring our linguistics students gain excellent skills in critical reading and research. Our wide range of learning facilities includes an extensive collection of books on Linguistics and English Language, a speech laboratory (in the Bilingualism Centre), as well as recording equipment for hire.
Career Opportunities in Linguistics
Linguistics and English language students develop practical and analytical skills in listening to, describing and analysing language. You will also gain key intellectual skills such as examining ad evaluating theories. When combined with a range of transferable skills, - such as computer literacy, working with data, information retrieval, critical analysis and problem solving – you will be well-prepared for life after graduation.
Linguistics graduates are well-equipped to undertake careers ranging from marketing and publishing to speech and language therapy. Some career paths may necessitate additional training or qualifications and we have staff here to provide advice and guidance.
Our Research in 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 recognised internationally, 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 research informs our teaching provision at all levels, with our students benefitting from enthusiastic staff at the cutting-edge of academic enquiry and developments.
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.