Modern Languages, Linguistics and Society

Institute of Creativity, Communities and Culture (ICCC)

Research activities within Modern Languages, Linguistics and Society range from sign language to sociolinguistics. The team is working internationally to develop our understanding of the structure of spoken and signed languages, and the language used within cultural, social, political, institutional and forensic contexts.

Consistently one of the University’s strongest areas of research, Modern Languages, Linguistics and Society contains international and world-leading researchers working collaboratively across disciplines in the areas of:

  • Sign language linguistics
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Forensic linguistics
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Critical digital pedagogy and computer-assisted language learning
  • Language teacher training
  • Interpreting and translation
  • Cultural identity and thought as expressed through world cinema and literature
  • Language-based area studies (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish)


Developing the impact of our research within and beyond academia lies at the heart of our activities. Current impact activities include an investigation of:

  • Stories by, with, and for disadvantaged young people in communities: Literacies for social justice
  • Russian arts and regional audiences: Cultural enrichment and transnational understanding
  • Peer-to-peer teaching of literacy in India, Ghana and Uganda: Improving agency and educational access in deaf communities