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OverviewOur research engages with English Language and Linguistics, focusing on written and spoken English language from medieval times to the present day.Glasgow has a long-established, international reputation for the historical study of English, linking the best of philological, literary-critical and linguistic traditions with those of contemporary linguistic theory. We are a leading player in contemporary English language and linguistics, using quantitative analysis of large online corpora
Our research engages with English Language and Linguistics, focusing on written and spoken English language from medieval times to the present day.
Glasgow has a long-established, international reputation for the historical study of English, linking the best of philological, literary-critical and linguistic traditions with those of contemporary linguistic theory. We are a leading player in contemporary English language and linguistics, using quantitative analysis of large online corpora as well as qualitative research in a variety of genres to identify and interpret language use across a wide range of contemporary spoken and written data.
Glasgow’s historic strengths in the study of Scots and English in Scotland have been enhanced by the recent development of innovative large-scale collaborative projects. Our provision in the area of medieval English Language is closely associated with Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Glasgow, one of the largest concentrations of its kind in the UK. We have strong interdisciplinary research links with other subjects at Glasgow; recent collaborations include Psychology, Computing Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Celtic and Gaelic, and Education, in addition to our traditional links with English and Scottish Literature. Glasgow is one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for Digital Humanities, and many of our projects have a substantial digital element.
Thesis length: 70,000-100,000 words, including references, bibliography and appendices (other than documentary appendices).
A Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded to a student whose thesis is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in, or understanding of, a field of study and normally containing material worthy of publication.
English language and linguistics
Historical English language, literature and medieval studies – including manuscript studies, codicology, textual and editing, literary and gender criticism, historical linguistics
Contemporary English linguistics, including phonetics and phonology, morphology, semantics, text analysis, sociolinguistics and onomastics
Scottish language, including written literary Scots, speech in Scotland and translation studies
Students at the University of Glasgow benefit from living in Scotlandâs largest city and one of the most vibrant and fun places in the UK. From its culture, music and arts scenes to its lively and varied nightlife, Glasgow is an amazing place to be a student. Itâs also friendly and has a relatively low cost of living, in comparison to many other UK cities. The uni has students enrolled from more than 140 countries worldwide, leading to a diverse student body who can choose from undergraduate degrees in subject areas like the arts, medical sciences, social sciences and engineering. Teaching is spread over three campuses in and around the city, all of which have their own facilities. A degree from the University of Glasgow is well-respected and among the uniâs notable alumni are seven Nobel Prize winners and a Prime Minister.
Where you'll study
The Fraser Building
65 Hillhead Street
Glasgow, City Of