Language at Leeds showcase

Language at Leeds held its first showcase earlier this year, organised by staff and Postgraduate Research (PGR) students from eight faculties.

Over ninety people attended the showcase which featured 10 short talks and a poster session with 83 posters submitted.

Set up in 2013, Language at Leeds brings together language researchers from different disciplines across Leeds to explore and further develop research on language, linguistics and communication across the institution. It currently includes researchers from eight different faculties, covering interests that include language education, corpus linguistics, audiology, political communication, and language and memory, to name a few.

The showcase was opened by the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Alan Langlands, with an introduction to the event by Professor Janet Watson, Chair of Language at Leeds. Short presentations were given by representatives of six research groups in the initiative, a summary of activity by the Language at Leeds PGR group, and then three presentations on Language technology at Leeds:

  • Language, linguistics and translation – Serge Sharoff
  • Computing – Eric Atwell
  • Medicine and health – Ekaterini Klepousniotou
  • English – Tony Crowley
  • L@L Teacher researcher projects  Melinda Whong
  • Education – James Simpson and Ruth Swanwick
  • PGR activity – Jack Wilson
  • Eye-tracking – Cat Davies
  • Corpora – Bogdan Babych
  • Electroencephalography – Cecile De Cat

Professor Janet Watson (School of Languages, Cultures and Societies), who chairs Language at Leeds, says: “With more languages studied at Leeds than at any other UK university, we have a golden opportunity to work on and develop our language research on a multidisciplinary scale. Our research collectively highlights the huge range of language-based research conducted at the University of Leeds, and the social, cultural and economic benefits of language research.”

If you have an interest in language-related research or scholarship and would like to know more about Language at Leeds, sign up to the group’s distribution list. PGRs working on language-related topics can visit the PGR blog. If you have ideas for future events, please post ideas to

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