I am a Senior Lecturer in linguistics at the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK. I currently teach and research a broad range of areas that form strong links to the languages of the world, how they are used in varying contexts, and the complex, multimodal effects at work within all manner of communication.
This page acts as my primary online record of academic activity (date of most recent update: September 2018).
- Ph.D (Linguistics)
- PGCE (Modern Foreign Languages)
- BA (Hons) (French and Linguistics)
- Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad committee member
Rudge, L. A. (Forthcoming). “I cut it and I… well now what?”: (Un)collaborative Language in Timed Puzzle Games. Approaches to Videogame Discourse. Book chapter. Bloomsbury.
Rudge, L. A. (2018). Analysing British Sign Language through the lens of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Ph.D thesis. Bristol, UK: University of the West of England.
Rudge, L. A. (2015). Towards an understanding of contextual features that influence the linguistic formality of British Sign Language users. Functional Linguistics 2(11). DOI: 10.1186/s40554-015-0023-8
My research focuses on language in action from functional and social perspectives, using approaches including but not limited to systemic functionalism. My research often involves multimodality to some degree, whether embodied as visual-spatial communication (e.g. gesture/kinesics with or without accompaniying speech, sign languages) or employed in written or printed media. I also perform research at the intersection of language and technology (i.e. communication in immersive digital environments, human-computer interaction and computer-mediated communication), and to a lesser degree, the communication used in gaming (digital, RPG or tabletop).
I am always happy to discuss opportunities for research collaboration and assistance, both in my areas of expertise and beyond. Please see below for my contact details.
I teach on the English Language and Linguistics programme at UWE, wherein I am the module leader for "Constructing Language(s)"
I use a range of techniques that I have honed over my career as an educator to promote a varied, engaging and supportive learning environment. I am a strong advocate of interactive teaching methods that employ a range of academic and applied skills, ensuring that formative (AfL) and summative (AoL) 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.
By the end of 2018, I will have gained accreditation with the Higher Education Academy as FHEA, and I intend to move this towards SFHEA (or equivalent) in my forthcoming practice.
- Discourse analysis
- Intercultural communication
- Research methods
- Corpus linguistics
- English for academic purposes
- English for speakers of other languages
- French (beginner to undergraduate)
- Sign language linguistics
- Spanish (beginner to A-level)
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.
Introduction to British Sign Language. Guest lecture for UWE LingSoc. Bristol: University of the West of England.
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.