PhD - Linguistics, MA - Linguistics, MPhil - Linguistics
English Language and Linguistics (ELL), founded in 2010, is the newest department of the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL). We have a strong team of research-active staff, a lively teaching and research culture with regular seminars by staff and visiting speakers, and Erasmus teaching and research links with, among others, Switzerland (Berne), Netherlands (Nijmegen) and Spain (Autonomous University of Madrid).
Staff and postgraduates are members of the Centre for Language and Linguistic Studies (CLLS), a research centre that seeks to promote interdisciplinary linguistic research, and runs a biennial conference, Interfaces in Language. We also have links with research networks outside Kent, and are involved with national and international academic associations including the Linguistics Association of Great Britain, the British Association of Academic Phoneticians, the Linguistic Society of America, the Association for French Language Studies and the Poetics and Linguistics Association.
Our interests focus on quantitative and experimental research in speech and language processing, variation and acquisition, but also cover formal areas such as syntax, as well as literary stylistics.
We welcome applications from students interested in MA, MPhil and PhD research. Please see the information in the staff research tab for an outline of the topics that staff are able to supervise.