Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

Established in 2008 (but looking back to several centuries of linguistic studies at Oxford), the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics is the youngest Faculty within the Humanities Division. With its research and teaching profile which encompasses Theoretical Linguistics, Experimental Linguistics, and Historical and Comparative Linguistics it offers a uniquely stimulating and diverse academic environment. Among its 20 postholders there are specialists in Phonology, Phonetics, Semantics, Syntax, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, the linguistics of all major European languages, as well as Classical and Indo-European Comparative Philology.

The Faculty is housed in the Centre for Linguistics and Philology, which occupies part of the former Clarendon Press Institute on the east side of Walton Street. Most graduate courses in Linguistics and Philology are held in the building, and offices for both academic and administrative staff are also located here; facilities for graduate students include a common room, computer workstations and printing and photocopying equipment.

The Faculty also maintains two Laboratories for experimental research, the Language and Brain Laboratory for Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics and the Phonetics Laboratory. Both of these are situated in a separate building in the immediate vicinity of the Centre for Linguistics and Philology.

Teaching and Research Showcase

Research: Could social media save endangered languages?

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There are over 6,000 languages spoken in the world; some of them are in danger of dying out. From Dusner (three speakers) to Kelabit (five thousand) to Yiddish (1.5 million), these languages are sprawled across the globe, but they all have one thing in common: unless we act soon, they could become extinct. Researchers at Oxford University are meticulously studying these languages. And Dr. Johanneke Sytsema, who has organised a popular seminar on endangered languages, thinks there could be a novel way to keep minority languages alive: social media.

Read more in our series Artistic License


Book: Lexical Processing of Speech (Aditi Lahiri, 2017)

Lexical Processing of Speech (Phonology and Phonetics)
Professor Lahiri is Professor of Linguistics and Fellow of Somerville College and she studies Phonology, phonetics, historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics.

Research Project: Language and Brain Laboratory 

The Language and Brain Laboratory was established in 2008 as part of the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics. It is an active research laboratory covering all aspects of linguistics, including phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. Research members in this laboratory are engaged in theoretical as well as experimental research covering psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic methodology.


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Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics

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