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Our staff are active researchers in their field. For individual publications, please see individual staff profiles.


We host several well-regarded e-journals with international scope reflecting a number of our research interests, including renaissance, 18th century and modern literature, linguistics and creative writing.

Our staff also edit or co-edit a number of hard-copy journals, including

Reading groups

Linguistic politeness research group (LPRG)

The LPRG is made up of a research and reading group of mainly UK members who meet once or twice a semester in the Midlands and north of England, and a larger international mailing list where conferences, new publications and so on are posted and discussed. We organise conferences both in the UK and abroad and publish books and articles on politeness, the latest being Discursive Approaches to Politeness, Mouton, 2012.

Gender and language reading group (GLRG)

We're a group of researchers in language and gender drawn from a range of UK universities. The group meets once or twice a semester.

Discourses of marriage research group

This is an offshoot of the GLRG working on an analysis of homophobia, particularly around the issue of gay marriage. We have an archive of material, mainly newspaper articles and radio discussion programmes, on the topic. Visit our blog and Twitter feed.

Cross cultural politeness / Arabic English reading group

This is a group of staff and postgraduate students reading and discussing issues in relation to politeness across cultures, mainly focused on Arabic and Kurdish.

Linguistics research group

This is a forum for staff and PhD students to discuss their research. We meet once a semester.

Linguistics research seminar

There is a good programme of visiting lecturers from UK universities who give research seminars to staff and postgraduate students.

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