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Professor Beatrice  Szczepek Reed

Professor Beatrice Szczepek Reed

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Professor of Linguistics

Research subject areas

  • Languages
  • Communication

Contact details


Beatrice Szczepek Reed is Professor of Linguistics in the School of Education, Communication and Society. She is the Co-Director of the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication, as well as the Director of King's International Education Research Network (KIERN).

Beatrice joined King's in 2017 from the University of York. Previously she worked at the University of Nottingham and the University of Konstanz (Germany).

She has a Magister (BA+MA) in English and German from the University of Konstanz (1998); a PhD in Linguistics (Phonology) from the University of Potsdam (2002); and an MA in Music (Vocal Studies) from the University of York (2003).


Beatrice studies spoken language, particularly the prosody of natural conversation; cross-linguistic comparisons of conversational practices; and institutional interaction. Her work aligns with the analytical approaches of conversation analysis and interactional linguistics.

In the past, Beatrice has worked on prosodic mirroring as a resource for sequence organisation in interaction; the role of glottalisation and word linking for turn continuation in typologically different languages; speech rhythm and turn taking in different varieties of English; and instructional interactions in music teaching. She has also studied language and citizenship issues for Arabic speakers in the UK.

Her latest funded projects are on responses to news in Arabic and English talk-in-interaction; and on instructional interactions in horse-riding lessons.

PhD supervision

Beatrice is happy to consider PhD proposals in the following areas:

  • language and social interaction
  • phonetics and phonology in naturally occurring talk
  • institutional interaction
  • English pronunciation learning and teaching
  • human-nonhuman interaction

Further information

For further details please see her Research Staff Profile.