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Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research

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Dr Adriana Patino

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Director of the Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR). I have expertise in sociolinguistic ethnography, language socialisation, narrative inquiry, and multilingualism. I have concentrated on the social processes that are produced in daily-life encounters by focusing on the intersection between language, ideology and positioning. My interests lie in the area of how young people and adults experience language issues when embarking upon life projects involving mobility. I am currently interested in Family, Language and Memory. 

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Alison Porter

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Foreign language (FL) teaching and learning in instructed (school) settings, particulary the development of FL literacy in primary and secondary school classrooms. 
  • The potential for cross-linguistic influence in early, beginner instructed FL learning.
  • The role of evidence-informed pedagogies on teacher learning and practice.

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Amy Wallington BA, MA, PhD

Teaching Fellow in Applied Linguistics
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Professor Clare Mar-Molinero

Professor of Spanish Sociolinguistics

Research interests

  • Spanish sociolinguistics (global Spanish, Spain, Mexico, US Latinx)
  • Language policy, ideologies and practices
  • Language and migration

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Darren Paffey

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • language ideologies
  • language in politics and government
  • Critical Discourse Studies
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Dr Duygu Candarli

Lecturer in ELT/TESOL

Research interests

  • Second language writing, writing assessment
  • Corpus linguistics, learner corpora, phraseology
  • Academic discourse, discourse analysis

Accepting applications from PhD students

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Dr Glyn Hicks

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Syntactic theory
  • Theories of the language faculty architecture, particularly the syntax-semantics interface and the syntax-morphology interface
  • Acquisition and attrition of syntax in bilingual speakers

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Dr Ian Mccall

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

  • Translation Theory
  • Practical Translation and Translation Pedagogy
  • Audiovisual Translation 

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Dr Jaine Beswick

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Sociolinguistics/sociophonetics of Portuguese, Galician, Spanish and English
  • Socio-psychological/geolinguistic spaces: borders, borderlands, diaspora, islands
  • Migrant identities: authenticity, belonging, in groups/out groups
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