English language and linguistics (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • English language and literature at Sussex is ranked in the top 10 in The Guardian University Guide 2016.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) English and drama at Sussex ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research quality.
  • You work with active and dynamic researchers who are committed to teaching and your intellectual development.
  • Research supervision is provided for a wide range of subject areas by supervisors committed to the development of knowledge and scholarly excellence.

Programmes

  • PhD in Linguistics
  • MPhil in Linguistics

We offer research supervision in a wide range of subdisciplines of English language and linguistics. There is active research in descriptive grammar and theoretical syntax, discourse analysis, first- and second-language acquisition, lexicology and lexicography, phonetics and phonology, semantics and pragmatics, language variation and change, and sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, writing and orthography.

Our doctoral students work on a variety of areas of research, using approaches including corpus linguistics, ethnographic methods, field linguistics, and film and literary analysis.

We offer supervision in the description and analysis of any language or any variety of English. Recently we have supervised work on Kuwaiti Arabic, Azeri, Tunisian Arabic, English, Farsi, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Kenyang, Korean, Setswana, Vietnamese and Yoruba.

Recent thesis titles 

May and can in French-English interlanguage 

A grammar of Hadari Arabic: a contrastivetypological perspective

The ‘motionisation’ of verbs in English and Tunisian Arabic

Examples of current areas of PhD research

A cognitive stylistic approach to cinematic characterisation 

A descriptive grammar of the Hadari Kuwaiti dialect of Arabic 

Verbs of motion in Tunisian Arabic

Entry requirements

MPhil in Linguistics

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in English language or linguistics or a related area.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

PhD in Linguistics

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in English language or linguistics or a related area.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

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T +44 (0)1273 876787
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Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
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E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

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Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in Linguistics fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Overseas students: £14,8002

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Linguistics fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Overseas students: £14,8002

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Faculty interests

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Dr Andrew Blair
Senior Teaching Fellow
A.M.Blair@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Lynne Cahill
Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
L.J.Cahill@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Phonology

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Dr Melanie Green
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language
M.J.Green@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: African languages, Creole English, Grammar, Linguistics, Pidgin English, Syntax

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Dr Lynne Murphy
Reader in Linguistics
M.L.Murphy@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: American English, British English, Communication, Dictionaries, English, Inter-cultural Communication, Intercultural communication, Language, Lexicon, Linguistic Theory, Linguistics, Politeness, Vocabulary

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Dr Roberta Piazza
Reader in English Language and Linguistics
R.Piazza@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Discourse

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Dr Justyna Robinson
Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
Justyna.Robinson@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Language, Linguistic Theory

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Dr Charlotte Taylor
Senior Lecturer in English Language andLinguistics
Charlotte.Taylor@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Computational/Corpus Linguistics, Discourse, impoliteness, Linguistics, Migration, Press reporting, Research design and methodology, sarcasm, Semantics And Pragmatics

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Dr Simon Williams
Tutorial Fellow in English Language Teaching
S.A.Williams@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Jules Winchester
Senior Teaching Fellow
J.Winchester@sussex.ac.uk

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Careers and perspectives

Many of our graduates have gone on to academic careers in the UK and overseas.

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School and contacts

Contact us

Liz Walker
School of English, 
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton, BN1 9QN, UK 
T +44 (0)1273 877303 
E englishpg@sussex.ac.uk

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