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Research in Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR)

Researching the form, function and effect of human communication and language

Our research falls into three main areas, though they are far from mutually exclusive, and some staff belong to more than one of them. Our PhD students will normally be associated with one of these groups.

PROJECTIONS OF SELF examines how language and visual culture express identity and mould attitudes, with reference to speech, writing and old and new public media.

DIMENSIONS OF LINGUISTIC KNOWLEDGE works at the interface of cognitive processing, intonation, lexis and grammar, with interests in language learning and language loss. This sub-group hosts the Lexical Studies PhD programme, the Formulaic Language Research Network (FLaRN) and the Research Network for Linguistics in Cardiff (LinC).

PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC DISCOURSE applies sociolinguistic, discourse and narrative theory to examine the achievement of personal and social goals through language. Our two main domains of operation are legal and healthcare settings. The sub-group is home to Cardiff Language and Law (CaLL) , and an interactive site for professionals and lay people about legal terms (FuzzyLaw).

We host regular research seminars with presentations by CLCR staff, postgraduates, guest speakers, and visitors. Current programme.

Each year we host selected visiting scholars from the UK and overseas, for periods between two weeks and one year. Some of them are participants in our popular Advanced Research Residencies programme.

For further details of our academic visitor programmes please click here.

Next Advanced Research Residency: Language and Law: throughout 2015

PhD Programmes

The School offers a PhD programme in Language and Communication and a distance part-time programme in Applied Linguistics (Lexical Studies). We participate in the Linguistics pathway of the ESRC All Wales Doctoral Training Centre and, for Humanities-facing projects, the AHRC  South, West and Wales Consortium’s Doctoral Training Programme.

A view from Professor Tess Fitzpatrick, Director of CLCR

Tess Fitzpatrick


“In CLCR, colleagues share their expertise generously, and postgraduate students and visiting researchers bring insightful and challenging perspectives. The questions ‘how’ and ‘why’, central to our explorations of language and communication, create lively debate and an atmosphere of discovery.”