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Dr Clyde Ancarno

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics



Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 3272
Room: WBW 2/10
Office hour: Thursday 5-6pm WBW 2/10 
Links: webpage
Twitter: @clydeancarno





I am currently teaching on a range of BA and MA modules in our school. I am a member of the The Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication (ECS research group) and co-organise the 'Corpus research in linguistics and beyond' seminar series.

For further details about my research outputs and activities please see my Research Staff Profile.



BA English Language & Linguistics

Language and the Media

Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Qualitative Research Methods

Analysing the English Language


MA Applied Linguistics and ELT; MA TESOL

Linguistic Analysis in Language Teaching

The Digital ELT Classroom


London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership

Researching Digital Texts with Corpus Software


Widening Participation

K+ events, KCL Sutton Summer School


I have previously taught on BA and MA modules at various universities (Cardiff University, University of Bristol, UWE, Birkbeck, Kingston University, Prep'ENA and Sciences Po Toulouse). Modules I have taught include Linguistics, Language and Communication-related subjects (e.g. ‘Intercultural Communication’, ‘Discourse’, ‘Media Communication’, ‘Functions of Grammar’), English for Academic Purposes, ESOL and French as a Foreign language.


My work in the field of applied linguistics involves:

  • (digital) discourse analysis
  • corpus linguistics
  • corpus-assisted discourse studies/CADS
  • pragmatics

I have explored discourses in a range of professional and communication contexts – the media, tourism, ELT, intercultural and email communication. Interest in social cohesion – particularly in heterodox discourses capturing stories of integration, tolerance and shared identities – underpins my current work on inter-religious relations and animals.


Corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS)

In my research I combine the methods of analysis available in corpus linguistics (e.g. exploration into keyness, collocation analysis) and discourse analysis (e.g. metapragmatic comment analysis). I perform these analyses using a range of digital tools such as corpus software and qualitative data analysis software. My work therefore lies in the field of corpus-assisted discourse studies/CADS which contends that this combination of methods can enhance the quality of linguistic analyses in multiple ways. I am also interested in interdisciplinary applications of corpus linguistics/CADS research. 


Discourse, identity & conflict

This strand of my work is interdisciplinary and started with a collaboration with anthropologists at the University of Birmingham as part of the five-year ERC project Knowing each other: Everyday religious encounters, social identities and tolerance in southwest Nigeria. This work concerns inter-religious relations in settings characterised by religious diversity, proximity, and little religious conflict. I use digital corpus tools to explore anthropological textual data.


Discourse & the natural world

In my linguistic work on discourses about animals, I take interest in the lines of difference we establish between ourselves – humans – and other animals. Questions this work addresses mainly regard the place animals occupy in our society and how we perceive animals (including cross-cultural variation). Topics central in this work are human-animal relations, posthumanism and anthropomorphism. I was a research fellow on the three-year Leverhulme project: 'People', 'Products', 'Pests' and 'Pets': the discursive representation of animals, which remarkably combined corpus linguistics and discourse analysis.

Academic qualifications
  • French National Council of Universities (Conseil National des Universités) - French National Diploma for lecturers/Qualification aux fonctions de Maître de Conférences in English and Anglo-Saxon languages and literatures (section 11) and in Sciences of language: general linguistics and phonetics (section 7)
  • Cardiff University - PhD in Language and Communication
  • Cardiff University - Postgraduate Diploma in Language and Communication Research
  • University of Bordeaux; France - MAst/Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies in Applied Linguistics
  • University of Nantes; France - MA/Maîtrise in English Linguistics
PhD supervision

I am particularly interested in supervising PhD candidates interested in using/exploring the following methodologies or topics:

  • Discourse about the natural world
  • Inter-religious discourse
  • Media discourse
  • CADS (corpus-assisted discourse analysis)
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