Our research consistently offers new insights into the structure, acquisition, use and history of our target languages, while also advancing linguistic theory.
We are key members of the Newcastle linguistics community, which is in turn one of the biggest of its kind in the United Kingdom and beyond.
Few Modern Languages departments in the UK have such a strong presence of specialist linguists as Newcastle has.
Our School has an uncommonly broad range of linguistic expertise. As a group, we cover most of the major subfields of linguistics.
All staff associated with the Linguistics research theme are connected to one of our School's language areas.
We also branch out to other languages, resulting in a wide and diverse coverage of world languages which includes:
Our research overlaps with the Translation and Interpretation research theme, and with fields of study including history, politics and society, literature and cultural studies.
One focus of our research is in language acquisition. We have two full-time members of staff specialising in it, and several large externally funded projects.
The interaction of morphology and phonology, the study of syntax, semantics and pragmatics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and philosophy of language are equally well represented.
Research covers the present state of the respective languages as well as the historical (diachronic) perspective.
Our staff are authors of several reference grammars of some of the major European languages and of highly successful linguistics textbooks.
The following members of staff work within the Linguistics research theme in the School of Modern Languages.
Dr Damien Hall
Lecturer in French Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8521
Professor Rosaleen Howard
Chair of Hispanic Studies
Telephone: (00 44) 0191 208 8328
Dr Francis Jones
Reader in Translation Studies
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7796
Professor Ian MacKenzie
Professor of Spanish Linguistics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8337