Dr Viola Wiegand

Photograph of Viola Wiegand

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Lecturer in TESOL

Contact details

Frankland room 1122
Department of English Language and Linguistics
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

As Lecturer in TESOL, I teach across the Department’s MA TESOL and MA Applied Linguistics programmes. My research interests span applied linguistics, corpus linguistics and digital humanities, as well as discourse analysis. I am Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics and have co-edited the volume Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture (2019, De Gruyter).


  • FHEA (University of Bath / Advance HE, 2021)
  • PhD in Applied Linguistics (University of Birmingham, 2019)
  • MA in Applied Linguistics (University of Nottingham, 2014)
  • BA (Honours) in English Studies for the Professions with a Minor in Chinese as a Second Language (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2013)


Before joining the department as a Lecturer in TESOL, I worked at the University of Bath’s Department of Education in 2020/21 as course designer for the MA English Medium Instruction and taught on their MA TESOL programme. At the University of Birmingham, I previously taught on undergraduate modules and I was a Research Associate on the CLiC Dickens project from 2017–2021. As part of my work for this project, I carried out corpus research and public engagement activities and led hands-on workshops for a wide range of audiences. I particularly enjoy working with diverse student groups and have personal experience as an international student in the USA, Hong Kong, and the UK.


I teach and supervise across the department’s programmes, with a particular focus on the MA TESOL and MA Applied Linguistics campus and distance programmes.


Much of my research applies corpus linguistic approaches; my research interests include the use of corpora in language teaching and learning, corpus linguistics and stylistics, corpus-based discourse analysis, and digital humanities. At Birmingham, I have contributed to the development of the CLiC web app, a corpus tool for literary texts. In connection with my PhD thesis, I have used corpus methods to study discourses on the concept of surveillance in a range of contemporary discourse domains, as well as historical discourses in the Times Digital Archive. I also have an interest in the topic of empowerment in discourses and educational contexts, including using corpora in the classroom / data-driven learning, as well as corpus approaches to classroom discourse.

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).


Recent publications


Wiegand, V & Mahlberg, M (eds) 2019, Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture. Diskursmuster / Discourse Patterns, vol. 15, De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110489071


Fuoli, M, Clarke, I, Wiegand, V, Ziezold, H & Mahlberg, M 2020, 'Responding effectively to customer feedback on Twitter: a mixed methods study of webcare styles', Applied Linguistics, vol. 2020, amaa046. https://doi.org/10.1093/applin/amaa046

Mahlberg, M, Wiegand, V, Stockwell, P & Hennessey, A 2019, 'Speech-bundles in the 19th-century English novel', Language and Literature, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 326-353. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963947019886754

Huntley, SJ, Mahlberg, M, Wiegand, V, van Gennip, Y, Yang, H, Dean, RS & Brennan, ML 2018, 'Analysing the opinions of UK veterinarians on practice-based research using corpus linguistic and mathematical methods', Preventive Veterinary Medicine, vol. 150, pp. 60-69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prevetmed.2017.11.020


Mahlberg, M & Wiegand, V 2022, Exploring narrative fiction: corpora and digital humanities projects. in A O'Keeffe & MJ McCarthy (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics. 2nd edn, Routledge, London, pp. 532–546. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780367076399-37

Wiegand, V 2021, Surveillance contexts in 19th-century British mental healthcare: A study of adverts in The Times. in N Brownlees (ed.), The Role of Context in the Production and Reception of Historical News Discourse. Peter Lang, Bern.

Mahlberg, M, Wiegand, V & Hennessey, A 2020, Eye language – body part collocations and textual contexts in the nineteenth-century novel. in L Fesenmeier & I Novakova (eds), Phraseology and Stylistics of Literary Language/Phraséologie et stylistique de la langue littéraire. Peter Lang, Bern.

Mahlberg, M & Wiegand, V 2020, Literary stylistics. in S Adolphs & D Knight (eds), The Routledge Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities. Routledge, pp. 306–327. <https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781003031758-17/literary-stylistics-michaela-mahlberg-viola-wiegand>

Mahlberg, M & Wiegand, V 2020, Stylistics and the Digital Humanities. in S Conrad, A Hartig & L Santelmann (eds), The Cambridge Introduction to Applied Linguistics. Cambridge University Press, pp. 219–234. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108658089.020

Wiegand, V & Mahlberg, M 2019, Introduction: On context and culture in corpus linguistics. in Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture. De Gruyter, pp. 1–9. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110489071-001

Mahlberg, M & Wiegand, V 2018, Corpus stylistics, norms and comparisons: Studying speech in Great Expectations. in R Page, B Busse & N Nørgaard (eds), Rethinking Language, Text and Context: Interdisciplinary Research in Stylistics in Honour of Michael Toolan. 1 edn, Routledge, New York & London, pp. 123-143. <https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9781351183222/chapters/10.4324/9781351183222-8>

Book/Film/Article review

Wiegand, V 2021, 'Book review: Markus Rheindorf, Revisiting the Toolbox of Discourse Studies: New Trajectories in Methodology, Open Data, and Visualization', Discourse Studies, vol. 23, no. 1, pp. 102-104. https://doi.org/10.1177/1461445620970388

Wiegand, V 2018, 'Review of Jeffries, L., & Walker, B. (2018). Keywords in the Press: The New Labour Years. London: Bloomsbury; 224 pages; 9781441162229; £95 (hbk).', CADAAD Journal, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 92–95. <https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/fass/journals/cadaad/volume-10-2/>

Doctoral Thesis

Wiegand, V 2019, 'A corpus linguistic approach to meaning-making patterns in surveillance discourse', ???thesis.qualification.phd???.

Other contribution

Wiegand, V 2018, Anregungen für die Korpuslinguistik & -stilistik: #dhmasterclass..

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