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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Brexit in Focus

Brexit in Focus

This series of articles explores the repercussions of the UK's decision to leave the European Union, and considers the important role that languages play in modern Britain.

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History and Modern Languages

Courses: History and Modern Languages

The History and Modern Languages course provides insight into the cultures of other countries, and understanding of the past and present in international contexts. This exciting new four-year Honours degree, offered jointly by the Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages and the Faculty of History, encompasses intensive study in language, culture, film, as well as a wide variety of British, European and world history.

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New sculpture at Sidgwick Site

Centres

The Faculty is home to a number of centres and research initiatives, and also supports a range of projects across the University and further afield.

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Students on a Bridge

Applying for Undergraduate Study

Cambridge came top of the league table for Modern Languages and Linguistics in the University Guide for 2017 published by The Guardian newspaper.

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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

About the Faculty

The Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages is the home of language and linguistics teaching and research at the University of Cambridge. With nearly 1,000 students (over 770 undergraduates, 65 MPhil students and 140 PhD students) we are one of the largest humanities Faculties in the University and one of the largest languages Faculties nationally. The Faculty was founded over 130 years ago in 1879.

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Latest news and events

MML Emeritus Professor to Deliver Annual Caledonian Lecture

31 October 2017

Professor Emeritus of Slavonic Studies, Anthony Cross FBA, will be delivering the annual Caledonian Lecture at the Caledonian Club in London on Tuesday 31 October 2017. The lecture is entitled, 'Scots in Catherine the Great's Russia: A Doctor; an Admiral; an Architect.'

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships 2017

30 August 2017

The Faculty welcomes applications for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships. The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment.

The Eighth Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment

4 August 2017

Language revitalisation strategies aim to increase the number of speakers of an endangered language. This process may be an integral part of reversing language shift (RLS). These strategies, which make the endangered language an attractive and useful resource for modern users may be developed and implemented by linguists, the state, language activists and the speakers themselves. This conference invites papers on issues relevant to language revitalisation.

MML Hosts Sutton Trust Summer School

31 July 2017

This July, MML was able to host a free five-day residential course for Year 12 students studying at state-maintained schools and colleges across the UK. Students were able to explore their interest in languages and linguistics, and to gain insight into what it is like to live and study as a first-year undergraduate student at Cambridge University.

Cambridge to Become a Permanent Home for Polish Studies

21 July 2017

Polish language, literature and culture will be a permanent feature of the University of Cambridge’s research and teaching following the signing of an agreement with the University of Warsaw on 14 July 2017.

Prof Adam Ledgeway Elected Fellow of British Academy

21 July 2017

We are very proud to announce that Professor Adam Ledgeway was just elected as Fellow of the British Academy. Prof Ledgeway currently serves as Professor of Italian and Romance Linguistics, Chair of the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Fellow of Downing College.

The Next Generation of Linguists is Buzzing

6 July 2017

On Friday 30 June and Monday 3 July, MML and the University of Cambridge were proud to hold two very exciting events for language lovers. 62,455 students competed in the National Modern Languages Spelling Bee, with 104 participating in the final event on Friday. Monday’s Translation Bee saw the final 45 students down from the initial 16,910 who began in the competition.

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