Dr Viola Wiegand

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Department of English Language and Linguistics
Research Fellow

Contact details

Arts Building
Department of English Language and Linguistics
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a Research Fellow on the AHRC-funded CLiC Dickens project. My research interests focus on the use of corpus linguistic tools to identify meaning in texts.


  • PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Birmingham, 2019)
  • MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Nottingham, 2014)
  • BA (Hons.) in English Studies for the Professions with a Minor in Chinese as a Second Language (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2013)


Before joining the University of Birmingham in 2015, I studied in Hong Kong and at the University of Nottingham.


  • Voices in Fiction (UG). Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham. (2015-2016)
  • Corpus Linguistics (UG). Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham. (2015-2016)
  • Various introductory workshops on corpus tools (AntConc, BYU corpora, using R for corpus linguistics) at the Corpus Linguistics Summer School (both 2016 and 2017) and in the workshop series for CARE visitors.


In the CLiC Dickens project we develop and use methods to study the language of literary texts, particularly in Dickens’s and other 19th century fiction. My PhD research seeks to understand connections in discourse through a corpus linguistic approach. Specifically, I study how the concept of surveillance is represented in different types of texts.

Other activities

  • 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).


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