Language, Discourse & Communication, option of joint PhD with HKU/NUS

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MPhil/PhD joint PhD with HKU/NUS

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Part Time, Full Time

Staff interests associated with the research programme and its research groups

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Classical civilisation, museum education
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Discourse, narrative analysis and sociolinguistics of Modern Greek; anthropological linguistics; youth language; computer-mediated communication.
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+44 (0)20 7848 2629
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Contemporary Spanish language, syntax. Applied and Descriptive Linguistics.
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+44 (0)20 7848 2068
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My research involves ethnographic and interactional discourse analysis. I cross-refer quite frequently to work in anthropology, sociology and cultural studies, and my publications cover urban multilingualism, language, youth, popular culture, ethnicities and class, language education and classroom discourse, second language learning, and research methodology.
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My research is concerned with language and ethnicity. I use two qualitative methodologies, Interactional Sociolinguistics and ethnography to look at disadvantages faced by linguistic and ethnic minorities in interaction with institutions. My publications cover patient-health professional communication, language and cultural practices in the workplace, English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) and institutional selection processes and their potential for indirect discrimination. In the last five years I have directed 6 government funded research projects on health communication, selection interviewing and ESOL.
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020 7848 3188
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My academic and research interests include classroom pedagogy, content and language-integrated curriculum development, language assessment, and language policy.
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020 7848 3713
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Most of my research revolves around the question of the culture-specificity of language use. My publications in the field of cross-cultural pragmatics compare various speech acts in English, German, Polish and Russian and investigate culture-specific perceptions and conceptualisations of politeness. My more recent research based on video-recordings of family conversations analyses bilingual communication and identity in English/Polish families, and investigates the different ways in which English, Polish and English/Polish families share responsibilities.

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020 7848 3243
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My current research projects are in the areas of Cognitive Linguistics (with special focus on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Health Communication) and Typical/Atypical Language Development using a combination of Psycholinguistic and Discourse Analysis approaches, whereas my earlier research was on Semantic & Lexical Variation and Change in English, using a Corpus Linguistic approach.

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020 7848 3136
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My research is in four areas: the theory and practice of applied linguistics, discourse analysis, English language teaching, and stylistics.

In discourse analysis, I am particularly interested in the language of public debate. From 2002-20008 I directed a series of ESRC projects on disputes about food policy (about GM agriculture, organic farming, and school meals). I am principal investigator on a major new Leverhulme project on the way people talk about animals: People, Products, Pests and Pets: the discursive representation of animals.

In my work on English language teaching, I am an advocate of the use of translation and students' own languages.

In stylistics, my early work on literature and advertising has expanded into a more general theory of the role of language play in cognition, social relations and language learning.

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020 7848 4420
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  • All aspects of MFL education
  • Primary foreign language learning and teaching
  • Cultural and intercultural dimensions of language learning
  • School organisation, management and leadership
  • European dimensions of schooling and comparative education
  • Change processes and innovation in schools
  • Assessment for learning (AfL) in MFL and in primary and secondary schools generally
  • Researching the pupils' voice and pupil talk
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020 7848 3145
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My research broadly investigates the links between language and cognition. There are two strands of my work that do this: 1. The first examines how linguistic structure is associated with cognitive judgements, mostly about motion events. In this strand I have looked at Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and English languages with regard to bilingualism and second language learning, non-linguistic cognition, how parents and children talk about motion and metaphorical motion. 2. The second strand focuses on how adults and children talk about science with relation to how children learn about scientific ideas, including what science is, evolution, marine biology, among other things. Both strands tend to focus on informal contexts of learning.

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+44 020 7848 3170
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General linguistics, English syntax
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My main research interests lie in the relationship between globalization, language diversity and intercultural communication. In particular, I am currently investigating English as a lingua franca (ELF), working with ELF corpus data for the purpose of describing and theorizing current developments in the lexis, grammar and pragmatics of English in lingua franca settings. My research also considers the implications for language pedagogy of the ongoing internationalization and diversification of English(es), especially in relation to Teacher Education, and with a focus on the role and nature of knowledge about language in teacher development. 

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020 7848 3104
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Job interviews, ethnicity and disadvantage
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Language teacher knowledge and expertise, teacher education and teacher development, the role of materials in language teaching and learning, task-based language teaching (TBLT), learner autonomy and learner strategies, and ICT in language learning. My PhD investigated the relationship between theory and research in SLA, and language teachers’ knowledge, beliefs and practices, using a case study approach on the uptake of task-based approaches to language teaching.

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020 7848 3715
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My interests include language and ethnicity, language in education and language and literacy. I have a particular research focus on the formation of new ethnicities in Britain over the past few decades, and the resultant implications for educational policy and practice.

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020 7848 3712
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My research interest is in verbal clinical communication, including healthcare professional-patient communication and communication among healthcare professionals. I have a particular interest in intercultural/interlingual communication in medicine. I am also interested in language interpreting studies.

My current funded research is to explore the ways to use discourse analysis and conversation analysis to inform medical education. I mainly use conversation analysis, discourse analysis and ethnographic methodologies in my research.

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020 7848 6387
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MFL teaching and methodology, MFL for early learners, the intercultural dimension, and content-based language learning.
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020 7848 3161
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Students' transition from school to university; academic writing and online teaching; language learning.
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020 7848 3536
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Literary and linguistic computing, Ovidian studies, meta-textual representation, humanities computing.
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+44 (0)20 7848 2784
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