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Language and Literacies

Language and Literacies

Researchers in the Language and Literacies cluster view language as a social and cultural phenomenon and a powerful resource for learning across the lifespan.

We use a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches including the following: cognitive stylistics, complexity theory, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, multimodality, linguistic ethnography, metaphor theory, literary theory and criticism, semiotics, systemic functional linguistics, sociocultural theory, social network theory and sociolinguistics. These approaches are used to explore language in many contexts such as language education, teaching and learning across the curriculum, social work, medical humanities, conflict resolution, language policy, digitally mediated communication, social media, language and globalisation. 

Current work covers a range of exciting research areas

  • Academic, professional and digital literacies
  • Communication in social and health care contexts
  • English and international development
  • Interthinking as a resource for learning
  • Language and creativity
  • Language and globalisation
  • Language as a social semiotic in teaching and learning
  • Metaphor and empathy
  • Interthinking as a resource for learning
  • The teaching and learning of foreign and second languages in online and distance contexts
  • Intercultural communication

We are committed to our research being of practical use and we work with a wide range of groups nationally and internationally, including local authorities, schools, universities, NGOs, social work agencies, teacher training colleges, international journal boards, the European Centre for Modern Languages.

Our research has been funded by the AHRC, the British Academy, the British Council, the European Commission, the ESRC, JISC, HEA.