Susan Hunston is a Professor of English Language at the University of Birmingham, and is one of the primary developers of the Pattern Grammar model of linguistic analysis. Her research focuses on Corpus linguistics, especially the interface between lexis and grammar, phraseology, and on the contribution of corpus linguistics to Applied Linguistics and to discourse studies. Professor Hunston is co-editor of the Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series and is a former Chair of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) .
Amanda Patten is a lecturer in English Language at the University of Birmingham. Her research examines the structure and function of English grammatical constructions, and how they change over time. She works within the fields of construction grammar, Pattern Grammar, corpus linguistics, and historical linguistics. Dr Patten is also interested in the teaching of English grammar and vocabulary. She is currently serving as academic consultant for the Birmingham Education Partnership’s Academic Language CPD programme.
Florent Perek is a Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. He is a cognitive linguist, a quantitative corpus linguist, and a construction grammarian. His research focuses on how syntactic constructions are mentally represented, how they are learned, and how they change over time. Dr Perek is a board member of the French Cognitive Linguistics Association (AFliCo) and is an editor of the journal CogniTextes.
Crayton Walker is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. His main areas of expertise are associated with language teaching and corpus linguistics. His research interests relate to the study of collocation and other phraseological aspects of English.
Martine van Driel is a Teaching Fellow in English Language as well as a research assistant on the Pattern Grammar project. Her research focuses on reader response to different forms of new media and in-person lectures. Her current work looks at podcast reviews and how negations are used to construct expectations of genre.