Linguistics at Newcastle



We work with a wide range of languages, methodologies and theoretical perspectives.

Our research in language and linguistics explores a wide range of languages and methodologies.

Our research falls into six themes. Across these themes, staff work on a wide range of languages, adopt diverse methodologies and theoretical perspectives. We all share a strong commitment to engaging in productive and innovative collaborations.

We currently have large research projects in:

  • syntax
  • phonetics
  • sociolinguistics
  • corpus creation and analysis
  • child and second language acquisition
  • use of technology learning 

For staff working on speech/language disorders and second language learning, there is a strong focus on developing the evidence base underpinning practice.

We have state-of-the-art facilities including an eye-tracker, and a phonetics lab.

Research Excellence Framework

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 assessed the quality of research in the UK’s higher education institutions. The review process is managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and is based on three main criteria:

  • quality of research outputs
  • impact of research (beyond the University)
  • vitality of the research environment

We submitted to Unit of Assessment 28 (UoA 28) and the results are now published.