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English Studies

English Studies comprises a diverse set of exciting research fields. Our study programmes are designed to provide a thorough grounding in all of these areas of study, and give ample opportunity to specialise in one of the following fields:

  • Medieval studies discusses the different stages in the development of English and analyses texts from these periods.
  • Modern anglophone literatures and cultures provides students with a broad knowledge of modern literatures and cultures in English, focusing on areas as diverse as English literature from the 16th century to the present, film and television studies, and post-colonial studies.
  • North American Studies focuses on the innovative transdisciplinary and comparative study of the United States and Canada from their colonial beginnings to the era of postmodern cultural practices. One approach to english linguistics is to analyse how the language system puts meaning into word-form and into sounds and writing, i.e. into language we perceive with our and ears.


Based on empirical data, we seek to find out what is possible, what is frequent and why a specific wording is used, e.g. I like that vs. That I like. Another way of looking at language is to focus on the language user and the interactional functions of language. Key topics in applied english linguistics, which investigates language use in social contexts and the underlying cognitive processes involved and works with naturally occurring text and speech as well as with experimental data.


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