Research in English Language and Applied Linguistics

The Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics has been at the forefront of research in English Language and Applied Linguistics for over fifty years and we continue to make cutting-edge contributions to the field.

We are particularly renowned for our research in three areas. In corpus research, we are well known for our theory-led approaches and for our innovative quantitative approaches with large data sets, which have had a strong impact on language teaching and dictionary development, academic English, and interdisciplinary discourse. In cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics, we are known for work on the use and acquisition of figurative language, idioms, sign language, the relationship between language and the senses, and the use of construction grammar to understand language change. In discourse analysis and stylistics, we are known for the development of several highly influential discourse analysis frameworks, and for our work on narrative, the discursive representation of inequality, new media, the language of politics, as well as new ideas on evaluation and phraseology.

Much of the research in the Department involves two or more of these research areas. In our research we employ a variety of complementary methods, including corpus and discourse analysis, multimodality, statistical modelling, experimental research (involving for example the use of eye tracking and reaction time software), and informant-based research.

Research areas