Research Department of Linguistics
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The Linguistics Research Department was established in January 2008 as
part of a major restructuring of the Faculty of Life Sciences at UCL.
It includes academic staff from the former departments of Phonetics
& Linguistics and Human Communication Science.
The Research Department of Linguistics has an eminent
reputation for its work in theoretical linguistics, which has attracted
significant AHRC funding. Its members carry out research aimed at
discovering the nature and origin of the abstract principles and
representations that characterise the form, acquisition and use of
human language. The group is interested in many aspects of language,
ranging from core grammatical knowledge (phonology, morphology, syntax
and semantics) and the interpretation of utterances in context
(pragmatics) to aspects of normal and abnormal language development
(language acquisition, infant communicative development, and specific
language impairment) and language impairments in aphasia and dementia.
Our MPhil/PhD Programme
The Department's staff supervise research students in all the above areas.
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In addition to the MA in Linguistics (a conversion programme),
the Department offers three advanced Masters programmes. The MA in
Linguistics gives students a thorough grounding in modern theoretical
linguistics. It is suitable both for those with some prior knowledge of
the subject and for appropriately motivated beginners. The MA
programmes in Phonology, Pragmatics and Syntax prepare students for
PhD research in theoretical linguistics. The Department also contributes to
two cross-disciplinary programmes. The MSc in Neuroscience, Language
and Communication is recognised by the Economic and Social Research
Council (ESRC) as a research training programme for MPhil/PhD study in
neuroscience and human communication sciences. The MRes in Speech,
Language and Cognition, which also enjoys ESRC recognition, can be
taken as a standalone Masters but equally provides excellent
preparation for PhD research in a language-related field of study.
The Department provides most of the teaching for the BA
Linguistics and the BA Linguistics International Programme, while it
contributes to the delivery of the BSc Speech Sciences.