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Prominent interests are the kinds of impact that gender, institution, and nationality have on the dominant patterns of form and function in various kinds of discourse. We have particular strengths in the analysis of academic, workplace and professional discourse and its applications.

Our research often combines discourse analysis with corpus analytic methods. Numerous ongoing projects reflect our interdisciplinary and intradisciplinary work, including research into language of the media, education, the language of evaluation and embodied interaction. We also have a long tradition of work in literary stylistics (especially of prose fiction) and narratology.

Dr Joe Bennett

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 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

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 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 Garry Plappert

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Corpus Linguistics, EAP and the linguistics of epistemology.

Dr Paul Thompson

Dr Paul Thompson

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

  • 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