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The Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication is a major centre for descriptive linguistics, applied linguistics and language in education. We run a wide range of BA, Masters and Doctoral training programmes, and we conduct both basic and applied research on language, communication, society and education.

We have particular strengths in research on the dynamics of language and literacy within globalisation and intercultural contact, and we focus on language, literacy and discourse in everyday interaction, in education, literature, and popular culture, in new & mass media, and in medical and workplace settings.

To view upcoming events and seminars see our events page

The Centre is coordinated by Professor Ben Rampton (Director), with Co-Directors Professor Alexandra Georgakopoulou and Professor Constant Leung. To contact us, email:

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Research areas Research culture
We work with English, English-based Creoles, Chinese, German, Greek, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Swedish and a range of minority languages, and we combine linguistics with anthropology, ethnography, history, and psychology, and with quantitative, corpus and discourse analysis. In recent years, we have provided a base for more than a dozen externally funded research projects. Our research in discourse analysis, educational, text and socio-linguistics was top-rated in the last UK research assessment exercise (REF 2014).

We have more than 40 MPhil/PhD students; we occupy a prominent position in national and international research networks; and run a range of seminar series. Our Master’s programmes are both research and professionally oriented, and we run a national training programme in linguistic ethnography for researchers across the social sciences.  Within King’s Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Centre (one of 21 DTCs funded by the Economic & Social Research Council), our staff and students currently contribute to three themes: Language Media & Culture (Theme 10), Education, Mind & Society (Theme 7), and Health Practices & Understandings (Theme 2).
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