Bristol Centre for Linguistics

The Bristol Centre for Linguistics (BCL) brings together researchers who are committed to understanding how language is organised socially, culturally and mentally. 

We are interested in how the languages spoken in Bristol contribute to its vibrancy and what their use tells us about society more widely.

The Centre aims to promote the visibility of linguistics and the relevance of language research to the wider public, and to form partnerships for the exchange of expertise with other universities and organisations outside academia.

The current research within the Centre comprises five main strands and our researchers explore a variety of disciplines of language research – from psycholinguistics to sociolinguistics, looking at the language of the past, to the here and now, investigating writing, speech and the nonverbal.