The School of Culture and Communication’s Applied Linguistics area has a strong research profile in a number of specialist areas. These include vocabulary studies, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, pragmatics, language teaching pedagogy and dialect study. These are reflected in the topics we supervise and in many of the modules offered on our degree schemes.

We have recently invested in an Applied Linguistics research lab, including an eye-tracker and reaction time software. Research students will have the opportunity to use these facilities during their theses, depending on topic chosen.

Our staff are members of the Language Research Centre (LRC), a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. It draws together academics and postgraduate researchers from across Swansea University and connects their activities with those of the Centre’s global network of Associate Members and distance learning doctoral students. The LRC host a dedicated Research Seminar series in the Autumn and Spring semesters with speakers presenting from around the world.