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Language and Communication Studies at UEA

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Profile Description

Language and Communication Studies has come fifth in the UK with 74 per cent of its research rated 4* (world leading) or 3* (internationally excellent) in The Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a major Government analysis of university research quality. The work we undertake within the field of Language and Communication Studies has successfully positioned us at the cutting edge of research.

Research Expertise

Research and supervision

In line with UEA's tradition of interdisciplinary research, our research and supervision focus on the four interrelated and complementary areas of enquiry:

Translating and Interpreting

We are particularly interested in research on translation ethics and translation quality, linked to investigation of gaps in the provision of interpreting and translation in the UK (Drugan). We also explore the development of pragmatics-driven approaches to audio-visual translation and film subtitling (Guillot), and translation and sport (Baines).

Language, intercultural communication and cross-cultural pragmatics

We welcome projects that focus on communication practice in media, political, religious, educational and professional contexts with specific reference to cross- and inter-cultural variation.

(Critical) discourse analysis

This area of enquiry is focussed more specifically on ideological representation and power differentials in the discourse of media, advertising, politics and professional communication.

Cross-cultural cognitive linguistics

We welcome projects focusing on the relationship between cognitive and psychological processes and language production and reception. This includes research in forensic linguistics and second language acquisition.

Research Culture

We have strong interdisciplinary links with colleagues working in other specialist areas at UEA, including literary translation, literature and creative writing, film, television and media studies, politics, philosophy, education and health. In the field of literary translation, we have links with The British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) to which a number of our staff are affiliated. We are also linked to the Centre for Japanese Studies, which encourages the study of Japanese Arts, Language and Culture.

These relationships enable us to supervise students wishing to write their theses on areas that cross disciplinary boundaries. In the field of language education, health communication and in-work communication, we have links with the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, the School of Health Sciences and the Norwich Business School, which also enable us to co-supervise students, researching pedagogical aspects relating to language, intercultural and citizenship education, health and work-related communication.

Personal and professional development

The Arts and Humanities (HUM) programme for postgraduate researchers will support you in developing your research skills, from the writing of the thesis to working within a wider academic environment, and from working as a professional academic to disseminating work to a wider public. The programme has been developed to address your intellectual and practical needs as a higher level researcher. You will be invited to design your own programme with your supervisory team.

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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