English Linguistics

Our research in English Language and Linguistics covers a variety of areas, including corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, forensic linguistics, narrative studies, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Our work in these fields is known internationally and we have made significant contributions to knowledge, as well as developing innovative approaches to the study of language in all its forms.

We have a strong track record of attracting external funding from a variety of sources, including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Jisc, Leverhulme Trust, and the Fulbright Commission.

We are home to the Research and Development Unit for English Studies (RDUES), a world-leading centre for research in corpus linguistics. RDUES has developed a number of widely-used software tools for the study of real-world language use, with a particular focus on web data. This has included analyses of language change over time, sense relations between words (e.g. synonymy/antonymy), collocation, neologisms, and topic ('aboutness').

Members of Staff in Linguistics

Matt Gee is interested in corpus linguistics, machine learning, natural language processing (NLP) and web-text processing. As the technical lead in RDUES, he develops innovative software for use in teaching and research, for example: WebCorp and eMargin.

Dr Andrew Kehoe, Director of RDUES, has published on the use of the web as a source of linguistic data, the automatic detection of topic in web texts, (im)politeness in computer-mediated communication (CMC), and the monitoring of language change across time (diachronic linguistic analysis).

Dr Robert Lawson is a specialist in sociolinguistics whose work focuses on the relationships between masculinity, language, and identity, the application of language research beyond academia, and language in the public domain.

Dr Mark McGlashan researches corpus-based (Critical) Discourse Studies and the development and application of corpus methods to analyse a wide range of socially important issues relating to, amongst others, nationalism, racism, sexism, and homophobia.

Dr Tatiana Tkacukova is interested in the interplay between language, law, criminology, cognition, language education, and combining corpus linguistics with qualitative and quantitative methods in the humanities and social sciences.