Staff in English Language and Linguistics In 'Staff' StaffStaff by research and supervision areas Back to 'English Language and Linguistics' We have been at the forefront of research in English Language and Linguistics for over fifty years and we continue to make cutting-edge contributions to the field. If you are looking for a research supervisor, our academics are particularly renowned for their research in three areas: Corpus Linguistics Cognitive Linguistics and Psycholinguistics Stylistics and Discourse Analysis Full list of Academic Staff in English Language and Applied Linguistics Dr Joe Bennett Senior Lecturer in Applied LinguisticsDirector 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 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 Anna Cermakova Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow I am a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow. Together with Professor Michaela Mahlberg, I work on GLARE [“Exploring Gender in Children’s Literature from a Cognitive Corpus Stylistic Perspective”], an EU-funded project which runs from September 2017 to August 2019. Professor Ewa Dąbrowska Professor My research interests include cognitive linguistics, language acquisition, the mental status of linguistic knowledge, and individual differences in linguistic knowledge. Professor Dagmar Divjak Professorial Research Fellow in Cognitive Linguistics and Language Cognition My main research interest is in understanding how our cognitive capacities give rise to the patterns we see in language and how language learners might use these patterns to build up knowledge of their language. I work with the Out Of Our Minds team to understand language knowledge and optimize language learning and am Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cognitive Linguistics. Dr Matteo Fuoli Lecturer in Corpus-based Discourse Analysis I am a lecturer in corpus-based discourse analysis. My research focuses on two main areas: corporate discourse and evaluative language. Dr Jason Grafmiller Lecturer in corpus-based sociolinguistics I am a lecturer in corpus-based sociolinguistics in English Language and Linguistics. My research focuses on the quantitative analysis of grammatical variation. Professor Jack Grieve Professorial Fellow in Corpus Linguistics My research focuses on understanding language variation and change through the quantitative analysis of large corpora of natural language data. 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 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 Senior Lecturer in English LanguageHead of English Language and LinguisticsHead of Internationalisation, EDACS I am a Senior Lecturer in English Language in the Department of English Language and 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 Linguistics. My research focusses on self-representation and identity in academic texts. I am also interested in writing development across boundaries ... Professor Jeannette Littlemore Professor of English Language and Applied Linguistics Jeannette Littlemore is a Professor of Applied Linguistics in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on metaphor and metonymy and explores the facilitative and debilitative role played by metaphor and metonymy in language education and in cross-linguistic and cross-cultural communication more generally. She is interested ... Professor Michaela Mahlberg Chair in Corpus LinguisticsDirector, 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 Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded CLiC Dickens project. I speak about Corpus ... Mr Daniel Malt Teaching Fellow I work in the Department of English Language and Linguistics where I am responsible for teaching and administration on the MAs in TEFL/TESL and Applied Linguistics. Dr Akira Murakami Birmingham Fellow My applied linguistics research spans two areas, second language acquisition (SLA) and corpus linguistics. I am trying to bring the two areas together so that developmental research in SLA can benefit from large-scale corpus data. Dr Gerardo Ortega Lecturer I am a lecturer interested in the acquisition and emergence of manual communication. I specialise in the acquisition of a sign language as a first and second language, sign language processing, and the similarities between sign and gesture. I also explore the role of gesture and iconicity in sign language emergence and evolution. Dr Ruth Page Senior Lecturer in Applied LinguisticsStudent Experience Academic Lead for ELAL 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 Lecturer in Historical Linguistics I am a lecturer in Historical Linguistics in the Department of English Language and 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 Marcus Perlman Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics I am a lecturer in English Language and Linguistics. My research examines iconicity in speech and gesture, with special interest in the evolution of human communication. I also study the gesturing and vocal behaviour of great apes. Dr Garry Plappert Lecturer in Applied Linguistics Corpus Linguistics, EAP and the linguistics of epistemology. Dr Adam Schembri Reader in Linguistics I am a Reader in Linguistics in the Department of English Language and Linguistics 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 Lecturer in TESOL I have joined Birmingham University in September 2015, and am teaching MA modules on campus. I am also responsible for Distance Learning modules and DL tutors. My research interests lie in bi- and multilingualism, psycholinguistics and in application of these to TESOL. Dr Juliane Schwarz Teaching Fellow I am a Teaching Fellow in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. I teach a range of modules across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Dr Paul Thompson Senior LecturerDeputy Director, Centre for Corpus ResearchDepartmental 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 LanguageStudy Abroad Tutor for School of EDACS I chiefly teach and research in stylistics, narrative, and discourse analysis. Dr Martine van Driel Teaching Fellow in English Language and Linguistics I am a Teaching Fellow in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. I teach a range of modules across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. My research explores the relationships between formats of texts and audiences’ responses to those texts and their topics. Dr Crayton Walker Lecturer in Applied Linguistics I am a lecturer working in the Department of English Language and 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. Viola Wiegand Research Fellow I am a Research Fellow on the AHRC-funded CLiC Dickens project. My research interests focus on the use of corpus linguistic tools to identify meaning in texts. Dr Bodo Winter Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics I am a lecturer in cognitive linguistics. My research focuses on metaphor, gesture, language evolution and statistical methodology. Webpage: http://www.bodowinter.com Emeritus and Honorary Academic Staff Professor Carmen Rosa Caldas-Coulthard Honorary Senior Research Fellow I work in the area of Critical Discourse Analysis and am the co-editor of Gender and Language, Equinox. 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. Dr Rosamund Moon Honorary Research Fellow My research and specialist teaching is primarily in the broad field of lexis and also lexicography. 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.