Linguistics and English Language

Programme teaching staff

Staff profiles of those involved in teaching on the programme

The MSc in Applied Linguistics is delivered by some of the world leading experts in the field of linguistics. The programme is also supported by a vibrant research environment characteristic, not just of the Linguistics community, but also of the University of Edinburgh as a whole.

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Dr Sumin Zhao Programme director Dr Sumin Zhao is a Lecturer in Discourse Analysis, specialising in Critical and Multimodal Discourse Analysis. Her research focuses on computer-mediated and social media discourses. She also researches home-based digital literacy practices of young (multilingual) children using linguistic ethnography.
Dr Joseph Gafaranga
Dr Joseph Gafaranga Dr Joseph Gafaranga is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics. His research focuses on Multilingualism (in society and in discourse) as well as on conversation analysis. Dr Gafaranga teaches Introduction to Discourse Analysis, Discourse Studies and Language and Identity in Bilingual Settings. Joseph will be on research leave from January 2020 and therefore unable to supervise students during this semester.
Dr Lauren Hall-Lew
Dr Lauren Hall-Lew Dr Lauren Hall-Lew is a Reader in Sociolinguistics. Her research looks at language variation and change in varieties of US and UK Englishes, mostly examining the role of social meaning in sound change and other phonetic variation. Dr Hall-Lew teaches Special Topics in Sociolinguistics and is involved in the teaching of Sociolingustic Research Design.
Professor John Joseph
Professor John Joseph Professor John Joseph's work approaches language and languages in terms of people speaking and interpreting, and sometimes communicating (though not as often or as well as we imagine). His research is situated at the intersections of language and identity, language and politics, and language, mind and body. His teaching aims to guide students in doing their own original research in areas of current interest within applied linguistics, including language teaching and learning, and language policy.