Brings together the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Studies in their united interest in language.

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About us

The Centre for Research into Language is a cross-faculty research centre providing a platform for Winchester academics and interested members of the wider community to share knowledge and expertise surrounding the English language and language and linguistics in general. Over the past years the centre has focussed on a range of topics, such as language and perception, language and identity, ecological linguistics, gender and language, and psycholinguistics.

The centre maintains close links with other interdisciplinary University centres such as the Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology, the Psychology Department and the English Project, a charitable initiative promoting awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language.

Public Engagement

CRiL hosts guest lectures from leading experts, research seminars and workshops. Recent speakers include the eminent linguist and author Professor David Crystal, who spoke about English regional accents past, present and future.

Members of the Centre are actively involved in public engagement with research activity. Our Forensic Linguistics expert collaborates with the Forensic Investigation team on providing outreach events for children - find out more - and we provide a fadcinating historical linguistics event as part of the 2020 Winchester Heritage Open Days.

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