Centre for Language and Communication Research

The  Centre for Language and Communication Research (CLCR) has a strong tradition of building theoretical knowledge and applying it to authentic contexts.

In our research, we favour ‘real world’ challenges and concerns, working collaboratively with beneficiaries to match research to its potential applications. Research beneficiaries have included the legal profession, healthcare, and ethnic minority and socially disadvantaged communities. As such, much of our research leads to significant impact on society.

Research Excellence Framework

In the Research Excellence Framework, 2014 - the latest national assessment of the quality of UK research – we were part of a submission with English Literature that achieved a top-10 place, with over a third (36%) of research outputs evaluated as ‘world-leading’ and 50% of ‘internationally excellent’ quality.

In the past five years, we have been involved in the successful application of grants totalling £1,300,000 for research projects we have either led or have been partners in.

Language and linguistics

Our research is driven by theoretical modelling of grammatical, lexical and discursive choices within interactional behaviours.

Our researchers use linguistic theory and a wide range of methods to explore how language works as a system, and how it is used to express identity as well as reflect and mould attitudes.

  • Language Description
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language over time: Language Variation and Change, and Historical Linguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics, Systemic Functional Grammar
  • Language Acquisition (First and Second)
  • Lexical Studies
  • Linguistic Ethnography
  • Formulaic Language
  • Metaphor
  • Intonation and Information Structure


We apply sociolinguistic, discourse and narrative theory to examine the achievement of personal and social goals through language, with a particular focus on legal, workplace and healthcare settings.

Our research into legal language has seen our staff give linguistic advice to the courts, deliver workshops to the police on interviewing vulnerable witnesses, and reveal the difficulty for jurors in understanding the concept of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’.

  • Professional Discourse and Workplace Communication
  • Discourse Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, Corpus-Informed Discourse Analysis
  • Applied Linguistics, Language Education, English for Specific Purposes
  • Forensic Linguistics, Language and the Law
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Healthcare Communication, Dementia and Communication, Lifespan Communication
  • (New) Media, Comics/Graphic Novels
  • Visual and multimodal communication, Non-verbal Communication, Literacies



  • LinC Summer School, 2016
  • ARR in Systemic Functional Linguistics, 2016
  • Cardiff Symposium on Register, 2016.