Research

I research language and multimodal communication in interaction from various perspectives, with Systemic Functional Linguistics as a predominant framework. I also investigate the intersection of language and technology (i.e., communication in immersive environments, human-computer interaction and computer-mediated communication) and other applied contexts (e.g., Higher Education pedagogy, design, and neurology.).

I am happy to discuss opportunities for research collaboration and postgraduate student supervision. Feel free to get in touch using the 'Contact' section of this webpage.

If you cannot access copies of my research with the links provided, please e-mail me and I will endeavour to assist!

Publications

Current research projects

  • From Utility to Social Entity (FUSE): Exploring Emotive Interaction between AI Training Bots and Health Care Professionals (Funded interdisciplinary research with Rik Lander, Prof Jun Hong, Dr Sarah Voss, Dr Gary Christopher and Phil D. Hall)
  • Language and the Architectual Design Process (Interdisciplinary research with Dr Mina Tahsiri)
  • Holistic intra-operative language testing - Beyond spoken and written single word testing (Interdisciplinary, applied research with members of Southmead Hospital)

Previous research projects

  • Beyond Intangibles: The Language of Promotion in Higher Education (Funded pedagogical research with Dr Helen Mortimore)
  • Hearing Hearing Aid (Interdisciplinary project headed by Jonny Cotsen; advisory role)

Teaching

I teach and lead the undergradaute English Language and Linguistics programme at UWE Bristol. This includes curriculum development, assessment design and management, and co-designing the programme with students to ensure a robust and adequate syllabus for an increasingly interdisciplinary world.

I use a range of pedagogic techniques that I have honed over 13 years as an educator to provide a varied, engaging and supportive learning environment. I am a strong advocate of social and interactive teaching methods that employ a range of academic and applied skills, ensuring that formative and summative assessments are used appropriately while promoting a focus on 'the learning' rather than on 'the exam.' This is supplemented with appropriate pastoral support at all academic levels.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy as FHEA, and I am working towards becoming a Senior Fellow. I work with the UWE Bristol's Academic Practice Directorate on the Postgraduate Certificate of Academic and Professional Practice, mentoring new lecturers and guiding them in their applications towards Associate Fellow or Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Currently teaching...

  • Higher Education Theory and Practice
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Multimodal (Critical) Discourse Analysis
  • Non-verbal and Visual-spatial Communication
  • Psycholinguistics

Previous teaching...

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • French (beginner to undergraduate)
  • Morphosyntax
  • Research and Statistical Methods in Linguistics
  • Sign Language Linguistics
  • Spanish (beginner to A-level)

Presentations

Recent/Forthcoming presentations and outreach

2020

  • (Mis)matching the position of the student and the institution: An update on the Beyond Intangibles project. Presentation at the Festival of Learning. Bristol.
  • Intercultural Communication: What, Where and How. Staff training at UWE Frenchay and Glenside Campuses. Bristol.
  • Language and Gender in 2020. Interactive workshops presented to numerous college and Sixth Form students across the South-West UK region.

2019

  • Schematising British Sign Language into systems of choice. Interactive presentation at ACE Festival of Research. Bristol: MShed Museum.
  • Multimodal communication and the nature of contradiction. Poster presentation at ACE Festival of Research. Bristol: MShed Museum.
  • The Linguistics of Speech and Sound. Interactive workshop at the launch of the 'Hearing Hearing Aid' Project. Bristol: Pervasive Media Studio.
  • The Language of Online Communication and Interactions with 'Formality'. Interactive workshops presented to numerous college and Sixth Form students across the South-West UK region.

2018

  • Crossing modalities to inform theory: Contributions from sign language data. Paper presentation at the 3rd Colloquium on Empirical Evidence and Theoretical Assumptions at ESFLC28. Pavia: Università di Pavia.
  • "Blinded by my man... so I shot him dead!": Multimodality and contradiction in real-life magazines. English Language A-level Conference. Bristol: University of the West of England.

2017

  • Introduction to British Sign Language. Guest lecture for UWE LingSoc. Bristol: University of the West of England.

2016

  • The MOOD system of British Sign Language. Poster presentation at LinC 4th Summer School. Cardiff: University of Cardiff.
  • Schematising the rank scale of British Sign Language. Paper presentation at ESFLC26. Salzburg: Universität Salzburg.
  • Combining context, language and formality in British Sign Language. Poster presented at TISLR12. Melbourne: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

About

I have 13 years of teaching experience and a broad research portfolio that focuses on multimodal interactive language use in face-to-face and digital contexts. I am also an External Examiner for languages, linguistics and TESOL courses.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D (Linguistics)
  • PGCert (Academic Practice in Higher Education)
  • PGCE (Secondary / Further Education: Modern Foreign Languages)
  • CELTA
  • BA (Hons) (French and Linguistics; with Japanese)

Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad Committee Member

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