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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre

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Technological advances such as brain imaging and machine learning mean that applied research in language sciences is having a growing impact on our everyday lives – from the development of search engines and virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, to biomedical text mining and dementia research. We also face new research challenges posed by the increasingly multilingual and multicultural society associated with migration, and social change. 

Cambridge Language Sciences is one of a select group of University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Centres at Cambridge, designed to build research capacity in tackling some of today’s greatest challenges. Our mission is to promote dialogue between language scientists of all disciplines, to stimulate innovative thinking and to catalyse the formation of new interdisciplinary partnerships for novel research and creative teaching.

Our virtual network includes members from across the university including humanities, social sciences, biological sciences, medicine, computer science, engineering and technology. We also collaborate closely with Cambridge Assessment and Cambridge University Press, and have strong links with other world-leading partners in the field of language sciences.

The interdisciplinary approach and collaboration between researchers across the Cambridge Language Sciences network strengthens our ability to tackle complex issues in key areas including technology, health, education and society.

The centre is governed by a Management Committee co-chaired by Prof. Ann Copestake (Head of Dept. of Computer Science & Technology) and Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli (Professor of English and Applied Linguistics). The Management Committee includes representatives from across the University of Cambridge as well as, key partners, Cambridge University Press and Cambridge Assessment. The centre activities are coordinated by Jane Walsh (Research Development Manager), and Jane Durkin (Administrative Coordinator).

An Advisory Board, appointed by the Management Committee and drawn from external research institutions or non-academic bodies, meets once a year and provides expert and strategic advice to the Co-Directors and Management Committee. Current Advisory Board members are Prof. Aditi Lahiri (Professor of Linguistics, University of Oxford), Prof. Stephen Levinson (Director (emeritus), Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics), Prof. Stephen Pulman (Professor of Computational Linguistics (emeritus), University of Oxford), Prof. Antonella Sorace (Professor of Developmental Linguistics, University of Edinburgh).