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Research degrees

General areas of supervision

Sociolinguistics and interaction

Applied linguistics

Communication and new technologies

Language learning and teaching



Dr Christopher J Hall (Areas of expertise: English as a Lingua Franca; 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 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 Helen Sauntson (Areas of expertise: language, gender and sexuality; classroom discourse analysis; gender, sexuality and education)

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.)

Indu Meddegama (PhD Topic: Melting the iceberg. A sociolinguistic study of the unseen status/power relations originating from the linguistics practices of a three-generational Indian Immigrant community.) 

Nathan Page (PhD Topic: English as a Lingua Franca in Aid Work. A study of verbal communication between Japanese volunteers for international development and their interlocutors in East Africa.)


Further information

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