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Current research is focused on topics including discourse analysis, language variation and change, language attitudes, language learning (both as a child and an adult), bilingualism, and the linguistic ecology of Scotland.

We are open to discussing all potential projects with applicants, including the possibility of undertaking these via Distance Learning.

Our Research

The Centre for Linguistic Research co-ordinates the research activities of staff and students in Language and Linguistics at Aberdeen.


William's main research interests are in sociolinguistics, dialectology and phonological theory. He is currently developing a sociophonetic research project which aims to trace phonological change across the lifespan in an individual speaker.

Agni's main research interests lie in individual differences in second language learning (in particular memory, but also motivation and learning strategies), aptitude in second language learning, the learning of second language collocations, positive psychology and second language learning, positive psychology in second language teaching (TESOL), well-being in EFL/ESL education, mindfulness training and second language learning, mindfulness training in language teacher training.

Elspeth's research interests lie in, among other things, morphosyntactic variation, first language acquisition and novel approaches to determining grammaticality.

Tania's research interests lie in Corpus Linguistics, Professional Communication, Intercultural Communication, Healthcare Discourse, Novice Professional Communication, Discourse and Identity and Pragmatics.

Vincent’s research interests lie in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language, Second Language Acquisition, creativity in language learning and teaching, learning environments, innovative approaches to qualitative research, and TESOL Leadership and Professionalism.

Robert's research interests lie in modern Scots dialectology, lexical variation and change, language contact, the history of the English language and the sociology of language.

Linguistics research is also embedded within the Walter Scott Research Centre.

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Applicants to the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.

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When you leave University, you will find that a documented knowledge of language and linguistics will also stand you in good stead with prospective employers. This is especially true if you choose a career in the media, advertising and marketing, information and communication technology, publishing, language teaching and health-related professions such as speech and language therapy or work with blind or deaf people.

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School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture
University of Aberdeen
King's College
AB24 3UB