Department of English, Linguistics and History

  • United Kingdom

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English and Creative Writing 

English and Creative Writing at Huddersfield carries out world-leading research and is highly ranked nationally (REF 2014) and internationally (QS 300 2017).  We are the home of the Ted Hughes Network: a centre of excellence for Hughes-related research, teaching, public engagement, and creativity.  We have a team of award winning creative writers working in script writing, novels, poetry and experimental fiction.  Our internationally recognized research includes exciting work in cultural narratives of ageing, illness and care; Shakespeare and ecocriticism; twentieth-century poetry especially Plath, Larkin and Hughes; Victorian and Edwardian popular fiction; the emotions of war in the Romantic period; the lives and the landscape of the Brontes; representations of Romani/Gypsy people; narratives of early modern women; and the intersections of philosophy and literature.  Work in autobiography continues to explore new ground and is supported by major research grants. We have a vibrant research community of experienced, early career and post graduate researchers.  

Linguistics and Modern Languages

At Huddersfield we have a long-standing reputation for excellent research in linguistics and English language, particularly research with an applied focus. We are also active in making our research accessible to the wider public, which we do through a number of initiatives, including our consultancy, Language Unlocked, and Babel: The Language Magazine, which is published in the department. Research in Linguistics and Modern Languages is clustered around two research centres and one research group, though staff frequently work collaboratively across these areas.


Our research encompasses a wide range chronologically, geographically and conceptually. Spanning the Middle Ages to the modern day, Huddersfield’s historians are internationally acknowledged experts in the fields of oral history, gender history, health history, political history, digital history, religious history, social history, public history and battlefield archaeology.

As individuals we are specialists in a variety of fields including topics such as the interaction between kingship and masculinity in the Middle Ages; social and cultural responses to mental illness in the 20th Century; the experience of children in Vichy France; the scientific culture of Nazi Germany; and the history of sexual, racial and cultural encounters between different national and ethnics groups in Britain during the Second World War.


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politeness Social Sciences
linguistics Social Sciences
language Social Sciences
interaction Social Sciences
pragmatics Social Sciences
religious behavior Social Sciences
discourse Social Sciences
humor Social Sciences

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Research Output 1975 2019

A Cautionary Tale For Phonetic Analysis: The Variability of Speech Between and Within Recording Sessions

Ross, S., Earnshaw, K. & Gold, E., Aug 2019, Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019. Calhoun, S., Escudero, P., Tabain, M. & Warren, P. (eds.). Canberra: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc., p. 3090-3094 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
systems comparison

A Comparison of Multiple Speech Tempo Measures: Inter-Correlations and Discriminating Power

Lennon, R., Plug, L. & Gold, E., Aug 2019, Proceedings of International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, August 2019, Melbourne. Calhoun, S., Escudero, P., Tabain, M. & Warren, P. (eds.). Canberra: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc., p. 785-789 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access

Austerity in the Commons: A corpus critical analysis of austerity and its surrounding grammatical context in Hansard (1803–2015)

Jeffries, L. & Walker, B., 25 Mar 2019, Discourse Analysis and Austerity: Critical Studies from Economics and Linguistics . Power, K., Ali, T. & Lebdušková, E. (eds.). Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, (Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Projects 2013 2019

The social, historical, cultural and democratic context of civic engagement: imagining different communities and making them happen

Crow, G., Pahl, K., Steadman-Jones, R., Hart, A., Reid, S. E., Harris, B. J., Dubow, J., Griffiths, C., Carpenter, M. J., Church, A., Pinnock, A., Smith, G., Lyon, D., Dominello, L., Banks, S., Chapman Hoult, E., Mohan, J., Byrne, D. S., Mah, A., Daniel, B., Chilies, P. & Ward, P.


Project: ResearchResearch Council - ESRC

Mental Health and Learning Disabilities: Heritage and Stigma

Ellis, R. & Light, R.


Project: ResearchResearch Council - AHRC

Activities 1982 2019

Ageing, Illness, Care in Cultural and Literary Narrative

Sarah Falcus (Organiser), Katsura Sako (Organiser)
5 Sep 20196 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganising a conference, workshop, ...

Journal of Spatial Science (Journal)

Alexander Von Lunen (Reviewer)
8 Aug 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication Peer-review

A comparison of multiple speech tempo measures: Inter-correlations and discriminating power

Robert Lennon (Speaker), Leendert Plug (Speaker), Erica Gold (Speaker)
7 Aug 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

The Ramsden family estate in Huddersfield on BBC Radio Leeds

Keith Laybourn


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

How Tudor and Stuart gents sired scores of bastard children

Timothy Thornton & Katharine Carlton


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

The Richard Stead Breakfast Show, 06:03, 07:08, BBC Radio Leeds

James Underwood


3 media contributions

Press/Media: Expert Comment