About Us

CRiLLS includes staff from around Newcastle University

The Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences (CRiLLS) is the platform for all staff and PG students working in the inquiry of human language at Newcastle University.The community of staff working in linguistics and language sciences is one of the biggest of its kinds in the country. We are lucky in being one of the very few universities in the country to have coverage of most and some concentration in many of the traditional sub-fields of linguistics.

Research into human language is not confined to a single discipline; in fact, some of the most significant and influential recent developments have resulted from a combination of methods from various subjects. The arrangement underlying CRiLLS recognizes that to enable stimulating and successful research activity in the field, the university should provide for linguistic research (broadly conceived) to be pursued in a variety of academic departments, while coordinating and facilitating it centrally, and promoting it externally.

In the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, CRiLLS staff are drawn from the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics and the School of Modern Languages.

Concretely, our activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Research away-days at which members present their research
  • Publication of a Working Papers Series in Linguistics
  • Coordinated seminar series including international speakers
  • Research mentoring programme
  • College of critical friends advising on all research bids, with a specific focus on interdisciplinary activities to strengthen cross-Centre linkages
  • Provision of research infrastructure e.g. administrative support and state-of-the-art facilities
  • Sharing of methodological expertise eg in corpora and their computerised exploitation.NDALL workshop