The Language Research Centre (LRC) is 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 principal mission of the Language Research Centre is to facilitate high impact, cutting-edge applied research across a range of domains (education, government, health, finance, literature, translations, etc) and perspectives (lexical, morpho-syntactical, discursive, stylistic, computational, historical, etc).

The Language Research Centre serves as a catalyst for innovative language-based research beyond the confines of single discipline studies at a time when the University and many funding bodies are highlighting the need of greater cross-disciplinary, international research.

Main aims:
1. To continue to be at the forefront of language-based research; and to facilitate interdisciplinary cross-university collaboration.
2. To build upon a successful funding track-record, to further promote a ‘grant’ culture across all Swansea-based LRC membership.
3. To continue to attract high calibre PGR students, promote a vibrant postgraduate environment and provide exceptional supervision.
4. To build upon our local, national and international recognition, to continue to develop cutting-edge research for applied language analysis.
5. To continue to conduct research that observes best ethical practice and behaviour.
6. To contribute to the University’s impact agenda for REF 2020 by continuing to deliver tangible research outcomes to stakeholders both within the academic environment and, especially, the broader community (education, government, media, health care boards, local community organisation, NGOs, and so forth) through collaboration and best practice.

The Language Research Centre encompasses a wide range of fields that share a common focus on applied research into language. These include Second Language Acquisition, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Cognitive Psychology of Language, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, Historical Linguistics, Language Teaching and Assessment, Lexical Studies, Morphology, Psycholinguistics, Terminology, Stylistics and Multimodality.

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