Academic staff by research and supervision areas

Dr Joe Bennett

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics
Director of Undergraduate Programmes

  • Language and politics
  • Language and social class
  • Ethically evaluative language
  • Ethical and political debates about language
  • Folk/lay ideas about language and communication

Dr Gareth Carrol

Dr Gareth Carrol

Lecturer in Psycholinguistics

  • Idioms and figurative language
  • Formulaic language
  • The mental lexicon
  • Second language learning/acquisition
  • Language impairment

Dr Anna Cermakova

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 DÄ…browska

Professor Ewa DÄ…browska

Professor

My research interests include cognitive linguistics, language acquisition, the mental status of linguistic knowledge, and individual differences in linguistic knowledge.

Ms Samantha Ford

Ms Samantha Ford

Research Assistant

Samantha has worked as a Research Assistant for the EMMA project since 2018 alongside Professor Jeannette Littlemore, Dr Paula Pérez-Sobrino, and Dr David Houghton that explores multimodal metaphor in advertising. The EMMA projectinvestigates how multimodal metaphor is used creatively in advertising across the world and involves collaborations with international advertising agencies to ...

Dr Matteo Fuoli

Dr Matteo Fuoli

Lecturer in Corpus-based Discourse Analysis

  • Evaluation/stance/appraisal in discourse: how speakers and writers express emotions and opinions in discourse
  • Corporate discourse: how companies use language to persuade and gain the trust of their audiences
  • Experimental approaches to Critical Discourse Analysis: how to use experiments to test hypotheses based on qualitative CDA research
  • Trust and legitimacy in discourse from a Critical ...

Dr Jason Grafmiller

Dr Jason Grafmiller

Lecturer in corpus-based sociolinguistics

  • Linguistic variation of all stripes, particularly work focused on investigating usage-based models of social and/or cognitive factors shaping morphosyntactic variation in English (or other languages).

Professor Jack Grieve

Professor Jack Grieve

Professorial Fellow in Corpus Linguistics

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Dialectology
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Sociolinguistics

Dr Nicholas Groom

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

  • Corpus-based approaches to the analysis of phraseology (e.g. pattern grammar, construction grammar)
  • Corpus-based discourse analysis
  • Corpus-based critical discourse analysis
  • Learner corpus analysis
  • Corpora in cognitive linguistics
  • Corpora in systemic-functional linguistics

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 Linguistics
Head of Internationalisation, EDACS

  • 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

  • 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

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

Dr Akira Murakami

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

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

Dr Ruth Page

Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics
Student Experience Academic Lead for ELAL

  • Narrative analysis
  • Computer-mediated discourse analysis
  • Language and gender studies
  • Interactional sociolinguistics

Dr Amanda Patten

Dr Amanda Patten

Lecturer in Historical Linguistics

  • 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

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

Dr Marcus Perlman

Dr Marcus Perlman

Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics
Acting Director of PGR for ELAL

  • Iconicity in speech and gesture
  • Language evolution
  • Metaphor and cognitive linguistics
  • Psycholinguistics

Dr Garry Plappert

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Corpus Linguistics, EAP and the linguistics of epistemology.

Dr Adam Schembri

Dr Adam Schembri

Reader in Linguistics

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

Dr Petra Schoofs

Dr Petra Schoofs

Lecturer in TESOL

  • TESOL related issues
  • Bilingualism
  • Multilingualism
  • Interference, language mixing phenomena (e.g. perceived incorrectness caused by other language influence in the language produced by bi- or multilinguals), code-switching
  • First language attrition

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

Dr Paul Thompson

Senior Lecturer
Deputy Director, Centre for Corpus Research

  • 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

Professor Michael Toolan

Professor Michael Toolan

Professor of English Language
Study Abroad Tutor for School of EDACS

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

Dr Martine van Driel

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

Dr Crayton Walker

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

  • 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

Dr Bodo Winter

Dr Bodo Winter

Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics

  • Cognitive linguistics
  • Sound symbolism
  • Language evolution
  • Gesture
  • Politeness