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Research degrees

General areas of supervision

Sociolinguistics and interaction

Applied linguistics

Communication and new technologies

Language learning and teaching



Dr Leesa Clarke (Areas of expertise: typical and atypical development of literacy and language; dyslexia; comprehension difficulties; children's written language acquisition; motivation, attitudes and literacy acquisition)

Dr Liviana Ferrari (Areas of expertise: language learning motivation; foreign language learning in adults; qualitative research methods in applied linguistics)

Dr Christopher J Hall (Areas of expertise: English as a Lingua Franca; teacher ontologies of English; the multilingual mental lexicon; L2 vocabulary development; second language acquisition; applied linguistics)

Dr Beverly Geesin (Areas of expertise: surveillance, cultural studies, semiotics, computer-mediated communication,  new media art, language and power)

Dr Indu Meddegama (Areas of expertise: sociolinguistics, linguistic ethnography, multilingualism, TESOL, EAP, World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca)

Dr Andrew John Merrison (Areas of expertise: socio-pragmatics; talk-in-inter-action; im/politeness in (cross-cultural) inter-action; communicative aspects of language disorder; repair of miscommunication)

Dr Dai O'Brien (Areas of expertise: Critical Discourse Analysis; creative and visual research methods; spatial theory; Bourdieusian theory; Deafhood studies)

Dr Helen Sauntson (Areas of expertise: language, gender and sexuality; classroom discourse analysis; gender, sexuality and education)

Dr Magdalena Sztencel (Areas of expertise: semantics, pragmatics, Critical Discourse Analysis, language of evaluation)

Dr Kate Whisker-Taylor (Area of expertise: language variation and change)

Dr Rachel Wicaksono (Areas of expertise: teaching English to speakers of other languages; applied linguistics; English as a Lingua Franca, especially in educational settings; language classroom discourse)


Degrees offered

Masters by Research




Current research students

Vicky Crawley (PhD Topic: Achieving understanding in interpreted interaction.)

Helen Gilroy (PhD Topic: Linguistic strategies for establishing and developing student identity in an assessed international virtual learning environment.)

Lyndsay Lindley (PhD Topic: Discourse of dementia. Constructing identity through conversations with people with dementia.)

Nathan Page (PhD Topic: English in global voluntary work contexts: Conceptions and experiences of language, communication and pedagogy.)

Joyce Wambura (PhD Topic: The language of female circumcision songs in Kenya.)

Thilini Wijeratne (PhD Topic: The expressive vocabulary of a bilingual child with Down’s syndrome.)

Dasha Zhurauskaya (MA Topic: A critical thematic analysis of York’s Hidden Stories.)


Further information

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