Research and innovation
We conduct world-leading research into human languages, cultures, and societies past and present. Our work is driven by the understanding of language as a route to historical, sociological, political and literary insights, to further the understanding of diverse fields, eg economies, the environment, multilingualism, dialects, gender, religion, conflict, migration and aesthetics.
The School conducts individual, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research, and supervises postgraduate researchers working on a wide range of topics. Together we apply our research findings to social, pedagogical, and commercial innovations, for example sourcing community solutions to the inappropriate use of antibiotics in Nepal, quantifying the bilingual language experience, and developing innovative computational linguistic technologies for language service providers. Our size and diversity allow us to engage in large scale research projects, at local, national and international levels.
Our expertise covers Europe, the Middle East and Africa, East Asia, and Latin America. It spans prehistoric times, classical and medieval periods, and the contemporary era. We use ancient texts and cutting-edge technological tools to promote the intellectual, educational, and social value of language study.
Opportunities for Postdoctoral Fellowships
We have a strong history of successful applications across a number of postdoctoral schemes, and a vibrant community of current postdoctoral scholars who are funded through a variety of schemes and models. Over the past several years we have hosted nine postdocs through the major schemes offered by funders including Marie Curie, the British Academy and The Leverhulme Trust.
Research centres and networks
Our research centres and networks capture expertise and address challenges across a number of specialist areas: