School of Modern Languages



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: 

  • Bosnian
  • Serbian
  • Croatian
  • Dutch
  • Italian
  • Quechua

Our research overlaps with the Translation and Interpretation research theme, and with fields of study including history, politics and society, literature and cultural studies.

Language acquisition 

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.

A member of the Linguistics team in Peru.


The following members of staff work within the Linguistics research theme in the School of Modern Languages.

Dr Carol Fehringer
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5635

Dr Damien Hall
Lecturer in French Linguistics, School of Modern Languages Director of the Year Abroad

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8521

Professor Rosaleen Howard
Chair of Hispanic Studies

Telephone: (00 44) 0191 208 8328

Professor Francis Jones
Professor of Translation Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7796

Professor Ian MacKenzie
Professor of Spanish Linguistics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8337