Our mission is to discover how language is organised, how it is acquired and how it is used for communication. You examine linguistic and sociolinguistic aspects of the structure and use of modern English whilst studying a range of historical periods from the sixteenth century to the present. You explore how English varies according to age, sex, social and geographical background and ethnic origins and whether social and geographical mobility have given rise to the formation of new accents and dialects of English. You consider how historical events have shaped the contemporary world and the relationship between the past and present. In addition you have access to our state-of-the-art labs including our Psycholinguistics Lab which measures how long it takes individuals to react to words, texts and sounds.