Dr Garry Plappert

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Contact details

Address
3 Elms Road
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Corpus Linguistics, EAP and the linguistics of epistemology.

Feedback and office hours

  • Wednesdays 13:00-14:00
  • Thursdays 13:00-14:00

Qualifications

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

Biography

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.

Teaching

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.

Research

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.

Publications

  • Plappert, G. L. (2018) Not hedging but implying: Identifying epistemic implicature through a corpus-driven approach to scientific discourse. Forthcoming. Journal of Pragmatics.
  • Plappert, G.L. (2017) Putative Knowledge? Using Corpus-Driven methods to discover modal structures in scientific writing. Corpora.
  • Clark, U. Grant, T. Reershemius, G., Hayes, S. Pollard, D. and Plappert, G.L (2017) Quantitative Research Methods for Linguistics: A Questions and Answers Approach for Students. London: Routledge.
  • Plappert. G.L. (2017). Does the use of pronouns differ between two academic disciplines? Comparison between two groups: T-test. In Clark, U. Grant, T. Reershemius, G., Hayes, S. Pollard, D. and Plappert, G.L. (2017) Quantitative Research Methods for Linguistics: A Questions and Answers Approach for Students. London: Routledge.
  • Plappert, G.L. and Reershemius, G. (2017). Designing quantitative research projects. In Clark, U. Grant, T. Reershemius, G., Hayes, S. Pollard, D. and Plappert, G.L. (2017) Quantitative Research Methods for Linguistics: A Questions and Answers Approach for Students. London: Routledge.