Staff in English Language and Applied Linguistics

Dr Joe Bennett

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics
Director of Undergraduate Programmes

I teach on a number of courses in the School of English, Drama and American and Canadian Studies, and I research relations between language, communication and society. My current focus is the moral and ethical life of language.

Dr Gareth Carrol

Dr Gareth Carrol

Lecturer in Psycholinguistics
Admissions Tutor

I am a lecturer in psycholinguistics, with a particular interest in idiomatic and formulaic language in native and non-native speakers.

Dr Johan de Joode

Dr Johan de Joode

Research Fellow

I specialise in the study of literary texts using corpus tools. I am particularly interested in cognitive, corpus-linguistic approaches to metaphor and direct speech.

Dr Eva Maria Gomez-Jimenez

Dr Eva Maria Gomez-Jimenez

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow. Together with Professor Michael Toolan, I work on DINEQ [“Tracking discoursal shift in news media representation of economic inequality: developing and applying corpus linguistic and critical discourse analysis methods”], a project which will run from September 2016 to August 2018.

Dr Nicholas Groom

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

I am a corpus linguist. The main focus of my work is on using computers to study latent patterning in very large collections of naturally occurring language data.

Dr Rachel Hatchard

Dr Rachel Hatchard

Teaching Fellow in English Language and Linguistics

I teach on/ lead undergraduate and postgraduate modules in English language and linguistics. My research examines language in aphasia, from a constructivist, usage-based perspective. I am interested, too, in the application of this theoretical approach to child language acquisition and also have a background in English language learning/teaching.

Robert Holland

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

I am a lecturer in Applied Linguistics in English Language Studies at the University of Birmingham. I have a background in English Language teaching, teacher-training and language education project management.

Professor Susan Hunston

Professor Susan Hunston

Professor of English Language

I have a background in English Language and Applied Linguistics and have worked in three countries. I enjoy research and teaching at all levels and I especially like supervising Doctoral Researchers.

Dr Suganthi John

Dr Suganthi John

Senior Lecturer in English Language
Head of English Language and Applied Linguistics

I am a Senior Lecturer in English Language in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. I teach a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervise PhD students in English Language and Applied Linguistics. My research focusses on self-representation and identity in academic texts. I am also interested in writing development ...

Professor Chris Kennedy

Honorary Senior Research Fellow in English Language

I started my teaching career as a volunteer in Nigeria, followed by several ELT jobs in Africa and South-East Asia, before joining Birmingham to set up ELT teacher development and applied linguistics programmes.

Professor Jeannette Littlemore

Professor Jeannette Littlemore

Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics
Head of Research

I am a Professor of Applied Linguistics in the English Language Department at the University of Birmingham. I teach a range of courses and supervise PhD students in English Language and Applied Linguistics. My research focuses on the acquisition and use of metaphor and other types of figurative language by second language learners. I am also interested in applications of cognitive ...

Ms Jai Mackenzie

Ms Jai Mackenzie

Teaching Fellow

I am a Teaching Fellow in the English Language Department at the University of Birmingham. I teach a range of courses related to my research interests in language, gender and sexuality, research methods and discourse analysis.

Professor Michaela Mahlberg

Professor Michaela Mahlberg

Chair in Corpus Linguistics
Director, Centre for Corpus Research

As a corpus linguist, I am interested in language as a social phenomenon and the way in which we use language to understand and shape the world we live in. A large part of my research focuses on the language of Dickens’s fiction, literary linguistics, and discourse analysis.

I am currently PI on the AHRC funded CLiC Dickens project.

Dr Rosamund Moon

Honorary Research Fellow

My research and specialist teaching is primarily in the broad field of lexis and also lexicography.

Dr Lee Oakley

Dr Lee Oakley

Teaching Fellow

I am a Teaching Fellow in English Language and Applied Linguistics, with a particular interest in the areas of Critical Discourse Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, and Language and Identity.

Dr Ruth Page

Dr Ruth Page

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

I am a Senior Lecturer in Stylistics. My main research explores the language people use when they tell stories, particularly in social media contexts.

Dr Amanda Patten

Dr Amanda Patten

Lecturer in Historical Linguistics

I am a lecturer in Historical Linguistics in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. I teach a range of modules at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. My research interests fall into the areas of historical linguistics, corpus linguistics, and construction grammar.

Dr Florent Perek

Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics

I am a cognitive linguist, a quantitative corpus linguist, and a construction grammarian. I teach classes on topics surrounding the grammar and semantics of English.

Dr Paula Pérez-Sobrino

Dr Paula Pérez-Sobrino

Marie Curie Post-doctoral Fellow

I am a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow at the University of Birmingham.  Together with Professor Jeannette Littlemore, we run the 2-year project EMMA (Exploring Multimodal Metaphor in Advertising), with the support of the European Commission.  Find out more at: www.multimodalmetaphor.com.

Dr Adam Schembri

Dr Adam Schembri

Lecturer in Sociolinguistics

I am a lecturer in sociolinguistics in the English Language and Applied Linguistics Department at the University of Birmingham.  I teach modules on sociolinguistics, language and gesture, and linguistic diversity. My research focuses on the linguistics of sign languages, especially Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and British Sign Language (BSL).

Dr Petra Schoofs

Dr Petra Schoofs

Lecturer in TESOL

I have joined Birmingham University in September 2015, and am teaching MA modules on campus. I am also responsible for DL modules and DL tutors. My research interests lie in bi- and multilingualism, psycholinguistics and in application of these to TESOL.

Professor Wolfgang Teubert

Emeritus Professor

Now increasingly retired, I gradually move away from corpus linguistics into discourse analysis, from a hermeneutic and neo-pragmatic perspective, believing that the social and natural world we encounter is constituted by the discourse in which we take part.

Dr Paul Thompson

Dr Paul Thompson

Senior Lecturer
Deputy Director, Centre for Corpus Research
Departmental Director of Postgraduate Research Studies

I have been at the University of Birmingham since September 2009, and I am the Deputy Director of the Centre for Corpus Research. I am a corpus linguist with particular interest in specialised discourses, and I have a background in ELT and EAP.

The project blog page for my ESRC funded project 'Investigating Interdisciplinary Research Discourse' (2013-2015) is: http://idrd-bham.info/idrd/

Professor Michael Toolan

Professor of English Language

I chiefly teach and research in stylistics, narrative, and discourse analysis.

Dr Sarah Turner

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, ESRC Project “Death before Birth”
Teaching Fellow

I am a cognitive linguist, currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow on the ESRC-funded project ‘Death Before Birth’. This project explores socio-legal intersections of decision-making processes in the experiences of miscarriage, termination, and stillbirth and investigates the ways in which the bereaved communicate their choices to those around them, with a particular focus ...

Dr Crayton Walker

Dr Crayton Walker

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

I am a lecturer working in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics. I work with both undergraduate and postgraduate students who are following our campus and distance programmes. My main areas of expertise are associated with language teaching and corpus linguistics. 

Dr Bodo Winter

Dr Bodo Winter

Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics

I am a lecturer in cognitive linguistics (starting September 2016). My research focuses on metaphor, gesture, language evolution and statistical methodology.

Webpage: http://www.bodowinter.com