Dr Rachel Hatchard
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and Phonetics
- 0121 202 4216
Rachel is a Cognitive/ clinical linguist, with primary expertise in aphasia, but she has previously taught about a range of developmental and acquired speech and language disorders or conditions affecting communication, including specific language impairment, phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and dementia.
Rachel's PhD was on the application of the usage-based approach/ Construction Grammar to spoken language in aphasia and this is the main focus of her research. However, her work is heavily informed by the literature on first language acquisition. Rachel therefore also has interests and expertise in child language. Aside from this, Rachel sits on several committees within the field of aphasia/ stroke and Cognitive Linguistics (see section on ‘Current activity’).
Her previous roles include teaching academic skills, often to students with dyslexia/ specific learning differences, at the University of Chester and lecturing in English as a foreign language (EFL) / English for academic purposes (EAP) at the University of Augsburg, Germany.