Linguistics and English Language

Language in context seminars

A series of seminars considering how language is (re)shaped by context

PPLS Language in Context logo

The Language in Context (LinC) seminars are fortnightly meetings at which we discuss language in its many guises and in the multifarious contexts in which it is used. We are primarily concerned with the various ways in which language influences and is influenced by the structural, discursive, socio-political, institutional or interpersonal environments in which they exist. We welcome research from the field of Applied Linguistics but also any other relevant fields including Modern Languages and Cultures, Historical Language Studies, Education, Sociology (of Language), Linguistic Anthropology, Psychology, Philosophy and others. Potential seminar topics could include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Language Attitudes and Ideologies
  • Language Endangerment, Shift and Death
  • Minority Languages and Cultures
  • Language Policy and Politics
  • Language Revitalisation
  • Language and Identity
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Bi/Multilingualism
  • Language Education
  • Translation Studies
  • Historical Sociolinguistics

Researchers currently working on a related project will be invited to speak at each meeting. Speculative requests for particular speakers are also welcome!

Get involved

Our seminars will take place approximately every fortnight from 15:10 until 16:30, and our usual venue will be room G32, 7 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ (unless otherwise stated – please be sure to subscribe to the mailing list to be notified of our schedule). In addition, following each seminar there will be an opportunity for further discussion and networking with colleagues and invited speakers, usually over a cup of tea and a muffin!

Furthermore, this year, we would like to make it easier for our members to suggest potential speakers for our seminars – whether from the University of Edinburgh or (subject to feasibility) from another UK Higher Education Institution. Speakers can be either established academics, or early career (MSc, PhD and Postdoctoral) researchers. If there is a particular person that you think we should invite to talk at Language in Context, please send us a suggestion using our dedicated form which you can find here:

Speaker Request Form (opens external webpage)


If you would like any further information about the Language in Context Seminar Series, or have any recommendations or feedback you’d like to give us, you are warmly invited to contact József Wells at:

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To find out more about the Language in Context research group within the University of Edinburgh, you can visit the page below:

Language in context group

Upcoming talks

Upcoming events are listed on the LEL events page

We hope to see you very soon!

József Wells

Co-ordinators of LinC