Welcome to the Centre for Language & Communication Studies
Head of Discipline: Dr. Elaine Uí Dhonnchadha
The Centre for Language and Communication Studies (CLCS), which is part of the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, is a centre of research in linguistics, applied linguistics, second language acquisition research, phonetics and speech science, and its staff provide teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Many of our courses are also available to visiting and exchange students.
CLCS has played a leading role also in piloting new developments, both within the College and externally on a consultancy basis, in language teaching, the application of new technologies to language learning, Sign Language teaching and interpreting, and the teaching of English as a second language to adult refugees and non-English-speaking pupils in primary and post-primary schools.
Language Learning Centre provides state-of-the-art technical facilities and resources, and provides integrated and extracurricular language modules for students not majoring in languages.
Phonetics and Speech Laboratory provides for research and teaching that bridges experimental phonetics and phonology from a linguistics perspective with more engineering based approaches to speech modelling.
Recognising that human communication has as much to do with social bonding as with the transfer of meaning we aim incorporate speaking-style information alongside message content to provide a richer understanding of utterances.
The Centre was founded in 1979. Its development has been shaped by the belief that its language centre function should support and be supported by research in linguistics and related disciplines. Thus from its inception CLCS has conducted research in many diverse but related fields, including language pedagogy and acquisition, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics, speech science, psycholinguistics, language planning and sociolinguistics. CLCS teaches courses in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Speech Science and Foreign Languages.
CLCS does not teach English Literature or Culture, though teachers of English as a foreign or second language may be interested in our M.Phil. in English Language Teaching and TCD students may be interested in our English for Academic Purposes courses (English Language Support).