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About Cambridge Language Sciences

Cambridge Language Sciences is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge. This multi-disciplinary research community includes over 150 Principal Investigators, many of whom are considered world experts in their field.

Our objectives are:

  • to promote dialogue between language scientists of all disciplines
  • to develop partnerships for shared teaching and research
  • to foster an interdisciplinary approach to research in doctoral and early-careers researchers
  • to build on our research base in order to tackle major challenges which require multi-disciplinary teams.

Our vision is to advance our understanding of language through interdisciplinary research.

A centre of excellence

Particular strengths at Cambridge are the linguistics research undertaken in every faculty and department in the humanities, including music, philosophy and divinity; significant expertise in language research in psychology and other biomedical sciences; and the research in language technologies undertaken in both the Department of Engineering and the Computer Laboratory. Additional special strengths of Cambridge are the applied research into language assessment and testing conducted by Cambridge English Language Assessment, and the research into speech and language undertaken by the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.

Supporting cross-disciplinary research

In 2011, the University of Cambridge declared support for cross-disciplinary research in language sciences a priority, and in January 2012 the Language Sciences Strategic Research Initiative came into being, led by a Steering Committee with members drawn from across the University. Five key research themes have been identified in relation to the Initiative. These are; Language Communication and Comprehension, Language Learning across the Lifespan, Language Change and Diversity, Cambridge English, and Human Language Technologies. For more information about each of these themes, visit the Research Themes area of the website.

Click to view Issue 16 of the University's Research Horizons magazine on Language Sciences.


Website re-development 

This website will no longer be updated after 31 July 2017 while a new version of the site is in development. This is to reflect the transition of Cambridge Language Sciences to the status of Interdisciplinary Research Centre.


Site members will be notified via the mailing list when the new website is live. 


Upcoming events

Effectively translating neuroscience for teaching practice: opportunities and next steps

Oct 13, 2017

Kaetsu Conference Centre, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

15th Corpus Linguistics in the South conference

Oct 28, 2017

Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge

Cambridge Language Sciences Annual Symposium 2017

Nov 21, 2017

Cripps Court, Magdalene College

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