Academic staff with an interest in Corpus Linguistics

The University of Birmingham is one of the world’s leading centres for research in corpus linguistics.

Corpus Linguistics at Birmingham emphasizes the applied nature of corpus linguistics and its relevance to real-world problems. Our research is also characterized by its strong cross-disciplinary reach with particular focus on corpus-based approaches to literary stylistics, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, cognitive linguistics, historical linguistics and statistics.

List of Academic Staff

Dr Nicholas Groom

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Research and supervision areas:

  • Corpus linguistics
  • Discourse analysis
  • Functional and usage-based theories of language
  • Phraseology

Professor Susan Hunston

Professor Susan Hunston

Professor of English Language

Research and supervision areas:

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Evaluative language
  • The lexis-grammar interface
  • Academic writing
  • The discourse of science

Dr Suganthi John

Dr Suganthi John

Senior Lecturer in English Language
Head of English Language and Applied Linguistics
Head of Internationalisation, EDACS

Research and supervision areas:

  • Academic discourse
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Writing for publication
  • Advanced academic literacy
  • Writer identity and theories of writing

 

Professor Jeannette Littlemore

Professor Jeannette Littlemore

Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics
Head of Research for ELAL
Director of Internationalisation (College of Arts and Law)

Research and supervision areas:

  • Metaphor
  • Metonymy
  • Cognitive Linguistic approaches to second language acquisition
  • The use of figurative language by learners of English

 

Professor Michaela Mahlberg

Professor Michaela Mahlberg

Chair in Corpus Linguistics
Director, Centre for Corpus Research

Research and supervision areas:

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Literary Linguistics
  • Charles Dickens
  • 19th century fiction
  • Discourse Analysis 

Dr Amanda Patten

Dr Amanda Patten

Lecturer in Historical Linguistics

Research and supervision areas:

  • Historical linguistics and language change
  • Construction grammar and the relationship between form and meaning
  • Information packaging constructions and other specialised linguistic patterns

Dr Florent Perek

Dr Florent Perek

Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics

Research and supervision areas:

  • Construction grammar, cognitive linguistics
  • Quantitative corpus linguistics
  • Grammar, semantics, argument structure
  • Language change

Dr Adam Schembri

Dr Adam Schembri

Lecturer in Sociolinguistics

Research and supervision areas:

  • British/Australian Sign Language
  • Sign language linguistics
  • Sociolinguistic variation and change
  • Gesture studies

Dr Paul Thompson

Dr Paul Thompson

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

Research and supervision areas:

  • Disciplinary and genre variation in academic and other specialised discourses
  • Corpus-assisted discourse studies of society and the natural environment
  • Linguistic aspects of human-computer interaction
  • Applications of educational technologies in language learning
  • Uses of corpus resources and methodologies in learning about language

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Professor Michael Toolan

Professor Michael Toolan

Professor of English Language
Study Abroad Tutor for School of EDACS

Research and supervision areas:

  • Corpus-aided stylistics
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Narratology
  • Literariness

Dr Crayton Walker

Dr Crayton Walker

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Research and supervision areas:

  • collocation and other phraseological aspects of English
  • corpus-based investigation of semantic prosody and semantic preference
  • corpus-based investigation of individual words and phrases
  • data driven learning and the pedagogic application of corpora
  • vocabulary and the teaching of vocabulary