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

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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 units such as the Wessex Centre for History and Archaeology and the Psychology Department, as well as the English Project, a charitable initiative led by University academics promoting awareness and understanding of the unfolding global story of the English language.

Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange

CRiL hosts guest lectures from leading experts, research seminars and workshops. Recent guest 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 Dr Carolin Esser-Miles collaborates with the Forensic Investigation team on providing outreach events for children.

Find out more about Dr Carolin Esser-Miles

Historial linguist Dr Eric Lacey provided a fascinating virtual event as part of the 2020 Winchester Heritage Open Days, while he has also recently lent his expertise to the development of a popular historical video game. Assassin's Creed Valhalla, developed and published by game company Ubisoft, invites players to journey into the world of a Norse raider during the Viking invasions of England in the 9th century. As Eivor, players lead their clan on raids to find resources and treasure to build their own Viking settlement in England.

Read the full press release 'University of Winchester expertise helps lend authenticity to latest instalment of successful Assassin's Creed video game'.

Find out more about Dr Eric Lacey.


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