The Institute's staff members conduct research in the field of linguistics (communication theory, language teaching and translation studies), interdisciplinary approaches to language and society, as well as in areas pertaining to cultural studies and literary theory (history of literature, translation of literature and literary criticism). The following subfields of linguistics are of particular interest to our staff: discourse analysis, text-type analysis, foreign language teaching, grammar, contrastive grammar, cognitive linguistics, text linguistics, corpus linguistics, lexicology and lexicography, neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, semantics, semiotics, sociolinguistics, intercultural communication, terminology and terminography, conference interpreting, translation studies and specialised translation.
Our research is financed, among others, by the National Science Centre, the National Programme for the Development of Humanities implemented by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and the National Centre for Research and Development. Apart from that the Institute is involved in international projects financed as a part of scientific and educational programmes organised by the European Commission. Our staff has been awarded a series of grants and scholarships by the Foundation for Polish Science, the Humboldt Foundation, DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst e.V.), the Kosciuszko Foundation, and as a part og the Fulbright Program.
The Institute boasts a broad research infrastructure for empirical research in the field of digital humanities and neurolinguistics. This includes a recording studio, eyetracking equipment, corpus research software, as well as phonetic and phonological analysis programmes.