School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences Linguistics and English Language


Language In Context Research Group


The Language in Context Research Group consists of staff, postgraduate research students and academic visitors to the University of Edinburgh who are interested in studying how the social, interpersonal and discursive context of language shapes its forms and uses.

Language in Context meets on Wednesday at 15:00 - 16:30, room 3.11 (Dugald Stewart Building) in alternation with the Language Variation and Change research group.
If you would like to present your research, hold a workshop, dry run a paper for a conference, or simply share your thoughts on any of the LinC-related topics please email Prof John Joseph to discuss possible dates.
Language in Context events are announced on the website and by e-mail. If you would like to receive Language in Context emails, please go to and subscribe.

We welcome discussion of topics in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and stylistics. The research projects of members of this group encompass topics related to language ideologies, language and identity, language shift, attitudes to language, discourse analysis, and language contact.

We regard the communicative and symbolic functions of language variation and language use as fundamental to a comprehensive theory of human linguistic production and interpretation, not as adjuncts to it. We believe that quantitative and qualitative methods complement each other in the study of linguistics and we encourage research that explores productive ways of combining the qualitative and quantitative, just as we encourage research that connects descriptions of language use with theory in linguistics and related disciplines.

Information for prospective students

The Language in Context Research Group welcomes and encourages applications from postgraduate students. You may be interested in a PhD position investigating the history of regional variation in English or a taught Masters programme dealing with current issues in speech technology, for example. Linguistics and English Language provides an excellent multi-disciplinary environment, ideally suited to accommodate teaching and research in the twenty-first century.

Want to know more?

For more information, please consult our information pages for prospective postgraduate students, where you will find answers to many frequently asked questions.