Dr Viola Wiegand
As Lecturer in TESOL, I teach across the Department’s MA TESOL and MA Applied Linguistics programmes. My research interests span applied linguistics, corpus linguistics and digital humanities, as well as discourse analysis. I am Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics and have co-edited the volume Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture (2019, De Gruyter).
- FHEA (University of Bath / Advance HE, 2021)
- PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Birmingham, 2019)
- MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Nottingham, 2014)
- BA (Honours) in English Studies for the Professions with a Minor in Chinese as a Second Language (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2013)
Before joining the department as a Lecturer in TESOL, I worked at the University of Bath’s Department of Education in 2020/21 as course designer for the MA English Medium Instruction and taught on their MA TESOL programme. At the University of Birmingham, I previously taught on undergraduate modules and I was a Research Associate on the CLiC Dickens project from 2017–2021. As part of my work for this project, I carried out corpus research and public engagement activities and led hands-on workshops for a wide range of audiences. I particularly enjoy working with diverse student groups and have personal experience as an international student in the USA, Hong Kong, and the UK.
I teach and supervise across the department’s programmes, with a particular focus on the MA TESOL and MA Applied Linguistics campus and distance programmes.
Much of my research applies corpus linguistic approaches; my research interests include the use of corpora in language teaching and learning, corpus linguistics and stylistics, corpus-based discourse analysis, and digital humanities. At Birmingham, I have contributed to the development of the CLiC web app, a corpus tool for literary texts. In connection with my PhD thesis, I have used corpus methods to study discourses on the concept of surveillance in a range of contemporary discourse domains, as well as historical discourses in the Times Digital Archive. I also have an interest in the topic of empowerment in discourses and educational contexts, including using corpora in the classroom / data-driven learning, as well as corpus approaches to classroom discourse.
- I have been a member of the organizing committees for two academic conferences (ICAME34 in Nottingham and CL2017 in Birmingham) and still attend both of these conference series.
- I am a member of the following professional societies: BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics), BACS (British Association for Chinese Studies) and PALA (Poetics And Linguistics Association).
Fuoli, M, Clarke, I, Wiegand, V, Ziezold, H & Mahlberg, M 2020, 'Responding effectively to customer feedback on Twitter: a mixed methods study of webcare styles', Applied Linguistics, vol. 2020, amaa046. https://doi.org/10.1093/applin/amaa046
Mahlberg, M, Wiegand, V, Stockwell, P & Hennessey, A 2019, 'Speech-bundles in the 19th-century English novel', Language and Literature, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 326-353. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963947019886754
Wiegand, V 2021, Surveillance contexts in 19th-century British mental healthcare: A study of adverts in The Times. in N Brownlees (ed.), The Role of Context in the Production and Reception of Historical News Discourse. Peter Lang, Bern.
Mahlberg, M, Wiegand, V & Hennessey, A 2020, Eye language – body part collocations and textual contexts in the nineteenth-century novel. in L Fesenmeier & I Novakova (eds), Phraseology and Stylistics of Literary Language/Phraséologie et stylistique de la langue littéraire. Peter Lang, Bern.
Mahlberg, M & Wiegand, V 2018, Corpus stylistics, norms and comparisons: Studying speech in Great Expectations. in R Page, B Busse & N Nørgaard (eds), Rethinking Language, Text and Context: Interdisciplinary Research in Stylistics in Honour of Michael Toolan. 1 edn, Routledge, New York & London, pp. 123-143. <https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781351183222/chapters/10.4324/9781351183222-8>
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