Research profile

The Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) is one of the six institutes within the Faculty of Humanities. It unites the linguistic research and teaching at Leiden University. LUCL is also responsible for the Academic Language Centre as well as for most language teaching within the Faculty.

Structure and variation

The overall theme tying all the activities of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) together is Structure and variation in the languages of the world. In this overall theme, three key components can be distinguished:

  • Language structure, basically studied and taught from a theory-driven perspective, defined not only narrowly within the field of linguistics, but also in a larger interdisciplinary context.
  • Language variation, basically studied and taught from a descriptive perspective and with special attention for unique expertise in the field of diachronic research.
  • Languages of the world, implying the documentation and study of a geographically unique range of languages, with a strong emphasis on (endangered) languages in the non-Western world.

Mission statement

The mission of LUCL is to study linguistic diversity from different theoretical perspectives. In doing this, LUCL aims to encourage the interaction of data-driven and theory-driven linguistic research, thus capitalising on its broad coverage of the world's languages, and to further develop an interdisciplinary approach to linguistic phenomena.


LUCL aims to accomplish its mission by encouraging joint research and integrated research projects, organising group meetings (lectures, workshops, debates etc.) and involving all members as much as possible in the academic and institutional tasks of LUCL. LUCL wants to provide an open and inspiring academic environment in which linguists team up in a concerted effort to contribute to a better understanding of individual languages – their present and past – and the phenomenon of human language and its use in general. Over the last seven years, LUCL has worked hard at integrating different linguistic approaches to strengthen our common research theme: Linguistic Diversity.

Last Modified: 09-12-2015