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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.

  • About

    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

  • Teaching

    Subject area



    BA (Honours) English Language


    Language in Use
    Digital Communication
    Creative Language Awareness
    Language Dissertation

  • Publications

    A list of publications is available from the institutional repository, SHURA

    De FELICE, Rachele, DARBY, Jeannique, FISHER, Anthony and PEPLOW, David (submitted) Language at work: annotating speech acts in a business email corpus. Dialogue and Discourse.

    PEPLOW, David (2010) “Keep scopin til you hear me, words is spoken clearly”. The art of exclusion in rap lyrics. Working With English 6: pp. 14-44

  • Postgraduate supervision

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

  • Media

    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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