Staff in English Language and Applied Linguistics

Dr Joe Bennett

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

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

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 Sarah Duffy

Dr Sarah Duffy

Lecturer

I am a lecturer in the department of English Language and Applied Linguistics. My research expertise is in the field of cognitive linguistics and, in particular, on metaphors of time.

Dr Melanie Evans

Lecturer in English Language

I’m a researcher in the history of English, interested in sociolinguistics, stylistics, language and gender, language and power, and all things Tudor. Developing digital approaches to these fields are of particular interest.

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.

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
Admissions Tutor
Programme Director of Undergraduate Programmes

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 Fellows 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.

Dr Olivia Knapton

Dr Olivia Knapton

Lecturer in English Language

I am a lecturer in English language, with a particular interest in combining cognitive and social approaches to discourse and meaning.

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Professor Jeannette Littlemore

Professor Jeannette Littlemore

Head of English Language and Applied Linguistics

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 ...

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 Lorenzo Mastropierro

Dr Lorenzo Mastropierro

Teaching Fellow

I am a Teaching Fellow on the BA and MA programmes. My research explores the interaction between corpus linguistics and translation studies.

Dr Rosamund Moon

Honorary Research Fellow

I teach linguistics in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics. 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 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

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' 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 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

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.