History of the institute
The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) was established on 1 September, 2005. For the first time in the history of Leiden University, all linguists of the Faculty of Humanities (formerly Arts) were united in one institute.
LUCL is the successor to the research institute ULCL (Universiteit Leiden Centre for Linguistics), which operated between 1 March 2001 and 31 August 2005, and the linguistic part of CNWS, the School of Asian, African and Amerindian Studies (founded on 1 September 1988).
Since 1 September 2008, LUCL is a largely autonomous institute within the Faculty of Humanities and is in full charge of all budgets related to linguistic research and teaching, including the Academic Language Centre.