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Dr David Peplow

Dr David Peplow BA, MA ,PhD

Senior Lecturer in English Language


I am a Senior Lecturer in English Language. My teaching and research interests are face-to-face interaction, digital communication, and linguistic creativity. I work mainly within the field of Conversation Analysis and am particularly interested in the relationships between talk and social structure.


I joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 and have contributed to teaching and research in the English subject group. I am currently course leader for BA English Language, and teach on the following modules: Language in Use, Digital Communication, and Creative Language Awareness. 

I have written two books on reader response and literacy practices in group settings: The Discourse of Reading Groups: Integrated Cognitive and Sociocultural Perspectives (Routledge; co-authored with Joan Swann, Paola Trimarco, and Sara Whiteley), and Talk About Books: A Study of Reading Groups (Bloomsbury). I am currently working on a textbook, entitled Language in Interaction (Edinburgh University Press).

Specialist areas of interest

Conversation analysis, creativity in language, digital communication, stylistics, social class


Department of Humanities

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Subject area



BA (Honours) English Language


Language in Use
Digital Communication
Creative Language Awareness
Language Dissertation


A comparative study of the language used in remote and in-person parole hearings - funded by BA/Leverhulme Small Grants scheme (SRG2021\210438).


Healey, J., Hopkins, C., Mcclimens, A., & Peplow, D. (2017). The potential therapeutic benefits of reading poetry to nursing home residents: the road less travelled? Journal of Poetry Therapy, 30 (3), 153-165.

Van Der Bom, I., Grainger, K., Paterson, L., & Peplow, D. (2017). ‘It’s not the fact they claim benefits but their useless, lazy, drug taking lifestyles we despise’: Analysing audience responses to Benefits Street using live tweets. Discourse, Context, & Media, 21, 36-45.

Albertson, K., Pateman, M., Albertson, K., Barnes, A., & Peplow, D. (2016). The role of the arts, humanities and social sciences in forming and informing responses to contemporary social change. The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Civic and Political Studies, 11 (2), 29-46.

Paterson, L., Coffey-Glover, L., & Peplow, D. (2016). Negotiating stance within discourse of class: reactions to Benefits Street. Discourse and Society, 27 (2), 195-214.

Peplow, D. (2011). 'Oh, I've known a lot of Irish people': Reading groups and the negotiation of literary interpretation. Language and Literature, 20 (4), 295-315.

Book chapters

Peplow, D., & Whiteley, S. (2021). Chapter 2. Interpretation in interaction. In Linguistic Approaches to Literature. (pp. 23-41). John Benjamins Publishing Company:

Bell, A., Browse, S., Gibbons, A., & Peplow, D. (2021). Responding to Style. In Style and Reader Response: Minds, Media, Methods. (pp. 1-20). John Benjamins:

Paterson, L., Grainger, K., & Peplow, D. (2017). Does money talk equate to class talk? Audience responses to poverty porn in relation to money and debt. In Mooney, A., & Sifaki, E. (Eds.) The Language of Money and Debt : a Multidisciplinary Approach. (pp. 205-231). Palgrave Macmillan:

Peplow, D. (2016). Creativity in everyday interactions. In Demjen, S., & Seargeant, P. (Eds.) Creativity in Language : From Everyday Style to Verbal Art. Open University Press:

Peplow, D. (2016). Transforming readings : reading and interpreting in book groups. In Burke, M., Fialho, O., & Zygnier, S. (Eds.) Scientific Approaches to Literature in Learning Environments. John Benjamins

Peplow, D. (2014). "I’ve never enjoyed hating a book so much in my life.” The co-construction of reader identity in the reading group. In Chapman, S., & Clark, B. (Eds.) Pragmatics and Literary Stylistics. (pp. 152-171). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Peplow, D. (2014). The stylistics of everyday talk. In Stockwell, P., & Whiteley, S. (Eds.) Cambridge Handbook of Stylistics. (pp. 590-606). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press:

Peplow, D., & Carter, R. (2014). Stylistics and real readers. In Burke, M. (Ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Stylistics. (pp. 440-454). London: Routledge


Bell, A., Browse, S., Gibbons, A., & Peplow, D. (Eds.). (2021). Style and Reader Response: Minds, Media, Methods. John Benjamins.

Bell, A., Browse, S., Gibbons, A., & Peplow, D. (Eds.). (2021). Style and Reader Response: Minds, Media, Methods. John Benjamins.

Peplow, D. (2016). Talk About Books : A Study of Reading Groups. Bloomsbury Academic.

Peplow, D., Swann, J., Trimarco, P., & Whiteley, S. (2015). The Discourse of Reading Groups : Integrating Cognitive and Sociocultural Approaches. Routledge.


Kelly, S., Davies, L., Harrop, D., Mcclimens, A., Peplow, D., & Pollard, N. (2015). Reviewing art therapy research : a constructive critique. Sheffield Hallam University.

Postgraduate supervision

Claire Ashmore: Dialect and identity in Chesterfield: A perceptual and apparent-time study
Daniel Pinder: Relevance Theory and Complex Poetic Texts


Dr David Peplow is interested in social interaction, focusing particularly on how readers outside of university talk about literary reading. In his research he also considers how taste intersects with social class and how the poor are represented in the media.

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