Linguistics is the scientific study of language, seeking to understand how it is structured, used and acquired. You explore spoken and written language in all its complexity and its relationship with culture, society and the mind.
English Language and Linguistics is based in the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), which is one of the largest academic schools in the University. Our multidisciplinary focus allows you to study all aspects of language, including its nature, structure and use, and discover how this varies according to person, time and situation.
Our degree programme
The programme examines how language is used in various social, political, cultural and philosophical contexts, including the media, literature and everyday conversation.
In your first year you learn the fundamentals of language. In your second and third years you choose from a broad range of theoretical topics such as syntax, phonetics and phonology, morphology, sociolinguistics, language acquisition, semantics, pragmatics, literary stylistics, and critical and cultural theory.
You can also study modules with a more vocational focus, such as language learning and teaching, creative and media writing, and language and media.
It is possible to spend a year or a term abroad at one of our partner institutions. You don’t have to make a decision before you enrol at Kent but certain conditions apply.
The Linguistics Laboratory has facilities for experimental and quantitative research in acoustics, sociophonetics, and speech and language processing and acquisition. You also have access to the School of European Culture and Languages’ recording studio and a multimedia lab.
There are a variety of societies and groups you can join. The English Language and Linguistics Society is based around a common interest in language. It provides excellent networking opportunities and access to valuable knowledge and resources that could enhance your studies.
The Department also hosts the Centre for Language and Linguistics, which runs a programme of seminars, lectures and reading groups that you may join.