Department of Language and Linguistics

Our academic staff

Academic members of staff

Claudia Alsdorf
Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: language and identity (cultural transfer issues); the performance aspect of interpreting; the use of poetry in language teaching; using portfolio assessment to develop transferable skills for the job market; intensive language learning strategies including multisensory language training;
Enam Al-Wer
Professor, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Gender differentiation in language; Language maintenance/shift; Multilingualism and code-switching; Variation and change (with special interest in Modern Arabic Dialects); Formation of New Dialects; Dialectology and dialect geography; Dialect/language contact;
Dounia Bissar
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Second language acquisition and text grammar; Translation; New technologies for learning and teaching; Language testing;
Daniela Carboni
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Fluency and critical reading skills; Speed reading; Use of storytelling in the classroom; Syllabus design and formative assessment;
Dan Chen
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Cooperative learning of interpreting skills; interpreter's knowledge acquisition;
Rebecca Clift
Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Conversation Analysis with particular interests in; Grammar & Interaction; Territories of Knowledge; Reported Speech; Laughter in interaction; Embodiment in interaction; Indirect language;
Tracey Costley
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: English as Additional Language Learners (EAL); Academic Literacies; Student Identity in Writing at University;
Beatriz De Paiva
Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Intercultural and Interlanguage Pragmatics (pragmatic aspects of conversational interactions between native and non-native speakers); Pragmatics in language teaching; Pragmatics in translation;
Claire Delle Luche
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Language variability: accents (children), bilingualism (children); Semantic processing (children); Speech perception (infants, children, adults);
Aulaya Dos Santos
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Adela Ganem Gutierrez
Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: The role of interaction in the processes of second language learning; Task-based learning and the role of different tasks in the learning process; Feedback and scaffolding; Collaborative activity and second language learning; Instructed SLA; CALL in particular the impact of the computer in the L2 classroom and the potential of Virtual World Environments for L2 learning;
Hannah Gibson
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Christina Gkonou
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Psychology of foreign language learning and teaching; Language teacher emotions, stress, burnout and emotional labour; Language teacher agency and identity; Affective and meta-affective strategies for language learning; Language teacher training and education;
Emma Hopper
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Contemporary and historical German perceptions of British culture; Drama and Role Play in Language Teaching; Language Teaching in Primary Schools using Language Games; Language Acquisition; The role of modal particles in spoken German;
Ella Jeffries
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Sociolinguistics; Sociophonetics; Regional accents/dialects; Variation in language acquisition;
Kyle Jerro
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Lexical Semantics; Syntax-Semantics Interface; Linguistic Typology; Bantu linguistics; Language Description;
Yuni Kim
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Mesoamerican languages; Phonology; Morphology; Language description;
Henriette Korthals Altes
Lecturer in French, Department of Language and Linguistics
Susanne Krauss
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: language learning technologies; e-learning / blended learning; second language acquisition; vocabulary learning; Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL); foreign language teaching;
Nancy Kula
Head of Department - Professor (R), Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Phonological Theory; Phonology-Prosody Interface; Second Language Phonology; Phonology-Syntax Interface; Bantu Languages; Tone and prosodic systems;
Laurel Lawyer
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Psycholinguistics; neurolinguistics; laboratory phonology; phonological structure and theory; speech perception; morphological processing; cognitive science; quantitative linguistics; history of linguistic theory; ASL phonology; deaf language processing; language acquisition; cochlear implants;
Jessie Mallinson
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Alvaro Marin Garcia
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Gemma Martinez-Garrido
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Translation Studies; Audio-visual Translation; Hispanic Studies; Language and cultural identity; Language and learning processes; Cultural Studies; Catalan Studies;
Neophytos Mitsigkas
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Stylistics and the study of literary texts.; Using literature in the language classroom.; English Language teacher training.; Methodology of TEFL.;
Florence Myles
Professor, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: The development of morphology and syntax in second language acquisition; The role of formulaic language in SLA; The role of age in SLA (in both naturalistic and instructed learners); The use of computerised methodologies in SLA research, especially in the context of Oral Learner Corpora; SLA theory-building;
Lexa Olivera-Smith
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Angel Osle
Programme Coordinator / Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: L2 phonology; L2 intelligibility, comprehensibility and accentedness; Pronunciation instruction; Second Language Acquisition; Second Language Learning and Teaching;
Peter Patrick
Professor, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Language Variation & Change; Language and Human Rights; Language Testing of Asylum Seekers; African (American) Diaspora Languages; Pidgin & Creole Linguistics, (esp on Caribbean English-related creoles); Language/Dialect Maintenance, Shift & Death; Sound Change in Sociolinguistic Context;
Sandrine Perrin
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Audiovisual Translation; Transfer of culture and humour in interlingual subtiling; Use of subtitling inlanguage learning; Interpreting Studies;
Ignazia Posadinu
Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Blended Learning; Technology and language learning; Computer aided translation and interpreting; Audiovosual translation;
Karen Roehr-Brackin
Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Second language (L2) learning from a usage-based (emergentist, cognitive-functional) perspective; Explicit and implicit knowledge and learning; Individual learner differences in L2 learning, especially language learning aptitude, working memory and cognitive/learning style;
Louisa Sadler
Professor, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Syntactic Theory [LFG/HPSG]; Description of the Arabic vernaculars; Description of Welsh and other Celtic Languages; Morphology-Syntax and Syntax-Semantics interfaces; Grammar Development using XLE/XFST;
Monika Schmid
Professor, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: First language attrition; Bilingual development; Cognitive impacts of bilingualism; research methods of bilingual development; psycho- and neurolinguistics; factors in bilingual development;
Sophia Skoufaki
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Second language vocabulary learning, teaching, and use; Figurative language processing; Coherence in second language writing;
Teresa Torres
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Laetitia Vedrenne
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Gender and Power in French Culture; Language Curriculum Development and Language Assessment; Language Teacher Training; Second Language Acquisition; Technology-Enhanced Language Learning; Translation;
Antonia Yanxi Wu
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Gender Equality in Translation; Chinese Philosophy Translation; Chinese Literature Translation; Children's Literature Translation;
Nan Zhao
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Psycholinguistics of interpreting and translation;; Interpreting training and competence test;; Self-monitoring mechanism of interpreters.;