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Language and Literacies

Language and LiteraciesResearchers in the Language and Literacies cluster view language as a social and cultural phenomenon and a powerful resource for learning across the lifespan. Our research in this cluster reflects that perspective, and encompasses all areas of Modern Languages, English Language Studies and Applied Linguistics.

We invite you to explore our work further via the links on the right. We use a variety of theoretical approaches to research the role of language in many contexts such as language education, teaching and learning across the curriculum, online/digitally mediated communication, social work, health discourse, language and creativity, language policy, social media, language and globalisation.

Attendees at one of our Associate Lecturer Conferences, Manchester, 2016

Colleagues in our cluster have successfully drawn on a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches including: 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.

In terms of cooperation and impact, 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, and 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.

If you would like more information about what we do, please use the links to the right to explore our cluster's research activity in greater depth, or contact us for further information.