School of Languages & Applied Linguistics

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    King Henry 1st Street, Park Building

    PO1 2DZ Portsmouth

    United Kingdom

Organisation profile

Organisation profile

At the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics (SLAL), our research explores how language and linguistics are used in certain contexts, and how they relate to phenomena such as power, class or status.

In our globalised society, understanding how we communicate is increasingly important in meeting the demands of international business, tackling global crises and giving marginalised people a voice.

We have three principles underpinning our work: a global perspective, high quality learning and teaching, and personalised support for students.

We're investigating how language and linguistics can act as drivers of development in the economy and social structure, how global organisations use multiple languages and specific translations every day, and how language is used to express ideas and empower certain groups of people.

We also work with business, government and the local community to improve their communication skills, language competences, and use of educational technologies. We’ve worked on a variety of consultancy and knowledge transfer projects.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Corpus linguistics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Professional communication
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Translation

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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