About Bristol Centre for Linguistics

BCL academics

The Bristol Centre for Linguistics (BCL) at UWE Bristol was established in August 2007 as UWE’s focal point for research in linguistics and on the relation between linguistics and other disciplines.

Promoting the visibility of linguistics

The Centre aims to promote the visibility of linguistics and the relevance of language research to the wider public, and to form partnerships for the exchange of expertise with other universities and organisations outside academia.

It was founded in acknowledgement of the success of UWE research units previously active in this area, and of the research strengths of the current staff.

Main research

The Centre’s main research endeavours are empirical, using corpus-based, text-based and archive-based methods.

Our main subject areas are:

  • semantics in the most general sense, including pragmatics, rhetoric, metaphor, lexicology and onomastics
  • contact linguistics (applied and historical)
  • second-language acquisition and applied linguistics
  • analysis of verbal interaction and sociolinguistics
  • political discourse 
  • dementia talk

We aim to foster and develop research in these areas (though not exclusively), and to reach out to the concerns of other researchers on language-related topics within and outside UWE, expanding the Centre as appropriate.

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