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Leiden University Centre for Linguistics

Language Use in Past and Present

LUCL researchers involved in this research programme aim to create a theoretical understanding of the ways in which linguistic, cognitive and cultural factors constrain and shape past and present language use (both in terms of structure and of actual usage) and of the effects of language use on members of linguistic and cultural communities.

By further developing and applying various methodological and theoretical research models, LUCL researchers analyse the structural properties of language at all levels of grammar as well as actual language use and variation of language use in present-day and historical contexts.

Address of an 18th-century Dutch letter.
Address of an 18th-century Dutch letter.

Historical and Synchronic Sociolinguistics

Historical sociolinguistics involves examining older language stages and linguistic developments across time, using either a known or a reconstructed social context. Seeking to understand present-day language use, synchronic sociolinguists study language use connections in particular contexts, analysing communicative effects of these languages as well as identify language user’s goals and other characteristics.

Within this broad field of historical and synchronic sociolinguistics, LUCL researchers conduct (data-driven and/or theory-driven) empirical research concentrating on pragmatics, discourse analysis, politeness, stylistics, argumentation theory and rhetoric, and linguistic historiography. But research also draws upon more general approaches in the fields of cognitive and functional linguistic

Among the many languages studied within this programme, particular attention is paid to Dutch, English, French, Italian, Greek, Arabic, and Russian.

Academic staff (in alphabetical order)

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