Language, Linguistics and Cognition

The programme:

The theoretical core of the PhD programme Language, Linguistics and Cognition is linguistics in a broad sense, which means that as well as phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics, it also covers conversational analysis, first and second language acquisition, language pedagogy, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and text linguistics. In addition, the programme includes adjacent areas such as cognition, rhetoric, philology and semiotics. In other words, it includes all significant language-related aspects of human psychology, physiology, and society.

The PhD programme holds a special position of strength internationally in the areas of cognition (language and thought) and neurolinguistics (language and the brain), and it is an important contributor to the research priority area Cognition, Communication and Culture and to the research cluster MindLab. A notable characteristic of the PhD-programme is the fruitful collaboration between the two different traditions of functional linguistics (focusing on the functions and usage of language) and formal linguistics (focussing on the internal structural properties, including sound and meaning).

The PhD programme Language, Linguistics and Cognition cooperates closely with its sister PhD-programmes at the other Danish universities, and also with the PhD programme Business Communication at the Aarhus University School of Business and Social Science.

Research facilities available:

The PhD programme has access to a number of research facilities, e.g. a soundproof recording booth for phonetic and phonological studies, a comprehensive research library, online electronic corpora of spoken and written language, computers and software for psycholinguistic studies, and also ERP equipment and fMRI scanners for neurolinguistic research. 

The PhD programme Language, Linguistics and Cognition primarily includes researchers, teachers and doctoral students from the following parts of the School of Communication and Culture:

Furthermore, some researchers, teachers and doctoral students in the PhD-programme are from the School of Culture and Society.

Examples of employment after graduation:

Graduates of the programme have gone on to be employed in secondary education, in teacher training, at various universities, in local government, and in private enterprise.

Geographic location:

The programme is located in Aarhus at the School of Communication and Culture (Nobel Park).

National cooperation:  

The programme cooperates closely with the following PhD Programmes:

Approx. number of PhD students


Assessment committee for applications:

Please find the members of the assessment committee under the relevant PhD programme.