Research areas:The research department is pre-eminent in theoretical linguistics, especially in syntax, semantics and pragmatics, phonology, and normal and abnormal language development.
- Language development: language acquisition (syntax morphology and lexicon); development of communicative and pragmatic abilities; experimental pragmatics; pragmatics and atypical development
- Neurolinguistics: semantic, syntactic and morphological deficits in aphasia; noun-verb differences in different populations
- Phonology: relation between phonological representations and the speech signal; syllable typology; phonological variation and change
- Semantics and pragmatics: relevance theory; philosophy of language; the semantics/ pragmatics interface; formal semantics and pragmatics; foundations of communication; semantic/pragmatic deficits in autism and other syndromes
- Syntax: relation between syntax and information structure (topic/focus); interactions between different movement types; syntactic and morphological deficits in aphasia and other syndromes; (research is carried out in a broadly Chomskyan framework).
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree or a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
English level expected: Good
- All applicants: 30 June 2014
- Scholarship applicants: 31 January 2014
- UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,200
- Overseas Part-time: £8,250
Recent graduates have pursued careers in academic teaching and research in linguistics; high school teaching; the civil service; speech and language therapy (for children and adults); experimental work on children’s language development and artificial intelligence (human-machine interaction).
The skills and knowledge gained from a research degree in Linguistics include: specialist knowledge of phonology, syntax, semantics or pragmatics as required to become a teacher/researcher in academic linguistics; expert grasp of specific language issues or problems leading to a range of linguistically oriented careers, e.g. being a legal court interpreter, a speech and communication therapist, a field linguist, translator or recorder of endangered languages; expertise in experimental techniques for studying language processing, which equip the graduate for research work in a language lab; precise knowledge of computational techniques, enabling the graduate to to work in IT businesses.
The opportunities for networking are vast as we invite many eminent international linguists and enable our students to attend seminars and conferences in the UK and overseas. Completion of a research degree with us will give you excellent credentials for taking on the competitive international linguistics job market.
Mr Richard Jardine
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"I have attended a few scientific meetings during my first year at UCL; a particular highlight was attending the Royal Society Discussion Meeting on language in developmental and acquired disorders. London is a brilliant place for attending national events."
Degree: Developmental Science PhD
Subject: Developmental Science, Faculty: Brain Sciences
"I feel networked in London and because of that I am more engaged in various professional bodies and research networks. UCL is a world leader in cognitive neuroscience and so more things are possible here with the equipment and expertise to support new developments."
Professor Rosemary Varley
Professor in Acquired Language Disorders
Subject: Language and Communication, Faculty: Brain Sciences