Sociolinguistics PhD

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The nexus between people and language is where most sociolinguistic research takes place, and at the University of Liverpool, research in sociolinguistics focuses in particular on the relationship between society and language, drawing on expertise from Modern Languages.

Subject Overview

Colleagues in sociolinguistics are interested in issues revolving around language and space, language policy, plurilingual repertoires, minority languages, and migrant languages. There is a critical mass of researchers working on the Linguistic Landscape - namely the use of written language in the public space - at the University of Liverpool.

Key Facts

REF 2014
72% of our publications were rated 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent), which ranks Liverpool Modern Languages and Cultures as 14/57 in the sector. 90% of environment was also rated 4* and 3*.

Why Department of Modern Languages and Cultures?

Close-knit community

We are a small but growing department and have developed very distinctive areas of strength in research. As a result we are uniquely placed to offer taught programmes which are tailored to the individual in a friendly, supportive atmosphere and, for research students, close contact with your supervisors from the outset.

Interdisciplinary activity

The department of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises academic staff working across a wide range of language-based studies covering literature, new media, film, history, politics, culture and sociolinguistics. The Department is an active participant in the School’s inter-disciplinary research centres, including the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Eighteenth-Century Worlds research centre. Since 2010, we have been part of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, one of four Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Research Overview

Supervision is offered on most areas of sociolinguistics from a modern languages perspective. PhDs submitted and awarded recently include:

  • Regional Languages in the Linguistic Landscape: The visibility and status of Occitan and Corsican in southern France
  • Brand Names in the Linguistic Landscape of Aqaba, Jordan
  • Managing France's Regional languages: Language policy in bilingual education in Alsace
  • Investigating Current Language Policy in Alicante: a case study
  • Multilingualism in the Linguistic Landscape of Urban Jordan.