Dr Garry Plappert

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics

Contact details

Frankland Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Corpus Linguistics, EAP and the linguistics of epistemology.

Feedback and office hours

  • Thursday 14:00 - 15:00
  • Friday 9:00 - 10:00


  • BA English Language and Philosophy, Birmingham
  • PGCE English, Birmingham
  • MPhil Corpus Linguistics, Birmingham
  • PhD Applied Linguistics, Birmingham
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, Aston University


I am a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. I completed my PhD in Applied Linguistics at Birmingham in 2012 and have previously taught and researched in the areas of English Language, Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Birmingham and at Aston University.


I am currently teach or convene on a number of modules including:

  • Research Skills in English Language (2nd year)
  • Discourse and Society (3rd year)
  • English Language Teaching (3rd year)
  • Dissertation (3rd year)
  • Language Investigation (3rd year)
  • Describing Language (Lexis) (MA)
  • Syllabus and Materials Design (MA)

I also supervise postgraduate dissertations for the MA Tesol and MA Applied Linguistics on-campus programmes.

Postgraduate supervision

I am keen to supervise PhD research in the areas of Corpus Linguistics, discourse analysis and academic writing, and especially work that combines two or more of these areas.

Find out more - our PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My main research interests are in corpus linguistics, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and discourse analysis. I am particularly interested in exploring the ways in which the methods of corpus linguistics can be used to extend our understanding of EAP, scientific discourse and the linguistics of epistemology.