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Department of Language and Linguistics

Our academic staff

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Discover the academic staff in the Department of Language and Linguistics

Our academic staff hold various posts within the Department of Language and Linguistics. They deliver excellence in the teaching of our modules and conduct research in a wide range of specialisms.

To visit an individual member of staff's academic profile and view their contact details, please click on the links below:

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; German ab-initio intensive route for beginners leading to mastery level; poetry translation; condensation in subtitling and poetry
Enam Al-Wer
Professor, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Variation and change (with special interest in Modern Arabic Dialects); Dialect/language contact; Dialectology and dialect geography; Formation of New Dialects; Gender differentiation in language; Language maintenance/shift; Multilingualism and code-switching
Dounia Bissar
Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Second language acquisition; 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
Paloma Carretero Garcia
Lecturer in Spanish, Department of Language and Linguistics
Dan Chen
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Cooperative learning of interpreting skills; interpreter's knowledge acquisition
Faith Chiu
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Speech perception; Phonetics; Phonology; Psycholinguistics; Cognitive psychology; Auditory processing
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
Amanda Cole
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Institute for Analytics and Data Science), Department of Language and Linguistics
Tracey Costley
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: English as Additional Language Learners (EAL); Academic Literacies; Student Identity in Writing at University;
Antonio Da Silva
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Christopher Da Silva
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Language Education (learning and teaching); The "exception culturelle" in France; Education in the contemporary French cinema and TV series
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
Senior 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
Chiara Fiori
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Dr Lorena Salud Gadella Kamstra
Lecturer in Spanish, 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; Second language (L2) learning from a Sociocultural theory perspective; 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; Applications of Cognitive Linguistics to L2 learning and teaching
Hannah Gibson
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Syntax-semantics interface; Bantu languages; African languages; Morphosyntax; Language contact; Language change; Language description
Christina Gkonou
Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Psychology of foreign language learning and teaching; Language teacher emotions, emotional labour and emotional capital; Language teacher agency and identity; Affective and meta-affective strategies for language learning; Language teacher education; Social and emotional learning; Language learner and teacher wellbeing
Emma Hopper
Senior 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
Nasser Jabbari
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Computer Mediated Communication (CMC); Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL); Mobile Assisted Language Learning (MALL); Robot Assisted Language Learning (RALL); Second/Foreign Language Acquisition/learning; Digital Game-based Language Learning (DGBLL); Second Language Learning/Teaching/Assessment in Virtual and Augmented Reality Contexts
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
Nancy Kula
Deputy Dean of Partnerships and 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: neurolinguistics; laboratory phonology; morphological processing; cognitive science; history of linguistic theory; Signed languages (ASL, BSL); deaf language processing; language acquisition; cochlear implants
Jessie Mallinson
Senior Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Language Learning for HE students
Neophytos Mitsigkas
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Using literature in the language classroom.; Language Teacher Education; Reader Response Theory (Reception Theory) and the reading of literature; Stylistics and the study of literary texts
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
Research interests: Translation Studies; Audiovisual Translation; Literary Translation; Translation Pedagogy; Situated Learning; Collaborative Learning; Social Media in Teaching & Learning
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
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
Reader, 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
Monika Schmid
Head of Department - Professor (R), Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: First language attrition; Bilingual development; Cognitive impacts of bilingualism; Research methods in bilingual development; Psycho- and neurolinguistics; Factors in bilingual development
Emma Stovell-Milligan
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Teresa Torres
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
Research interests: Hispanic Cinema; Language and culture
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
Yujia Wang
Lecturer, Department of Language and Linguistics
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
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Telephone: 01206 872083