Viola Wiegand

Photograph of Viola Wiegand

Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics
Research Fellow

Contact details

Address
Room 437, Arts Building
Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

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.

Qualifications

  • 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)

Biography

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

Teaching

  • 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.

Research

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).

Publications

Hennessey, A., Wiegand, V., Mahlberg, M., Tench, C. R., & Lentin, J. (2017). CorporaCoCo: Corpora Co-Occurrence Comparison (Version 1.0-2). [R package] Retrieved from https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/CorporaCoCo/index.html