Barbara is the Course Leader for the postgraduate Diploma in TESOL and contributes widely to language teacher education programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition, Barbara is keenly involved with integration of comics studies within literature, media, film and screen studies, language, linguistics and creative writing programmes.
Sandra Jansen's research interests include urban accents in Great Britain; Northern English; varieties of English around the world; language and dialect death; forms and theories of language contact and language change; sociolinguistics in general and sociophonetics in particular as well as ethnic variation in the rural north west of Germany.
Dr Pamela Perniss's research covers areas in both linguistics and psycholinguistics, with a focus on sign language and co-speech gesture research. In particular, her research has focused on the role of the visual modality and iconicity on shaping language structure.
An expert in fields of philosophy of language (semantics-pragmatics interface) and contrastive linguistics, Jelena's teaching and research interests focus on contextualism as a philosophical movement within philosophy of language, as well as grammar and modality in English and German.
Catherine Watts is a National Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and runs Routes into Languages (South). Her research has explored the decline of language learning in Britain and the history of English language development through Victorian medical cultures.
Tim lectures in Linguistics and course leader of the BA in English Language and Linguistics. His main interest is pragmatics, the study of utterance interpretation. In particular he explores how the ‘natural’, non-linguistic properties of utterances – intonation, facial expression, gesture – interact with the linguistic ones, and how they can both be integrated within a theory of communication.
Simon Wilkinson was educated as an Applied Linguist and lectures in English Language and Linguistics, with a particular interest in additional language acquisition and language awareness in ELT. Simon is an experienced English Language Teacher and teacher trainer who has written and developed modules for both the BA and MA programmes at the university. His scholarly interest centres on complexit