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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Liverpool

  • Study mode

    Full time

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  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The nexus between people and language is where most sociolinguistic research takes place, and at the University of Liverpool, research in sociolinguistics focuses in particular on the relationship between society and language, drawing on expertise from Modern Languages.


With specialists exploring sociolinguistic issues in the Francophone, Hispanophone and Italophone world, as well as in the Middle East, Sociolinguistics at the University of Liverpool is ideally positioned to provide a range of national and transnational perspectives on research into language and society.

Sociolinguistics at the University of Liverpool is home to a critical mass of researchers examining the Linguistic Landscape, including a wide range of questions around language in the public space. The Department of Modern Languages & Cultures boasts two members of the Editorial Board of the journal Linguistic Landscape: An International Journal, including the editor, and in 2016, the University of Liverpool hosted the eighth international Linguistic Landscape Workshop. In addition to testing out methodological approaches to language in the public space, researchers in Sociolinguistics at the University of Liverpool consider the linguistic landscapes of France and Italy, with particular emphasis on regional and minority languages. This work has also been extended into the Middle East with recent projects undertaken in Jordan and Kuwait.

In addition, researchers in Sociolinguistics at the University of Liverpool explore the themes of migration studies and minority languages as part of the rapidly burgeoning field of new speakers. Set against a context of language policy, language ideologies, and linguistic legitimacy, colleagues have tackled issues around linguistic capital.

Recent PhDs supervised include:

Regional Languages in the Linguistic Landscape: The visibility and status of Occitan and Corsican in southern France
Brand Names in the Linguistic Landscape of Aqaba, Jordan
Managing France's Regional languages: Language policy in bilingual education in Alsace
Investigating Current Language Policy in Alicante: a case study
Multilingualism in the Linguistic Landscape of Urban Jordan.

Tuition fees

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£ 23,650per year

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University of Liverpool

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    University of Liverpool, The Foundation Building, 765 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZX, England

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