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Research Interests

My research interests are in the general area of language as actually used by real people in natural social contexts. I teach, do research and supervise in Discourse and Conversation Analysis, with a preference for bilingual conversation and doctor-patient interaction.


Course Organiser for:

  • Introduction to Discourse Analysis (PG)
  • Discourse Studies (PG)
  • Language and Identity in Bilingual Settings (PG)
  • Bilingualism (UG)
  • Discourse Analysis (UG)

Administrative Roles

  • Postgraduate Adviser for Linguistics and English Language
  • Member of the Postgrad group committee (PPLS)
  • Convener of the "Language in Context" Research Group (2011-2012)


  • BA in English, National University of Rwanda (July 1983, distinction)
  • MA in Language Studies, Lancaster University (September 1987, 2.1)
  • PhD in Linguistics, Lancaster University (November 1998)

Visiting and Research Positions

  • 1998-2000: Part-time lecturer in English Language, Edge Hill University College                       Part-time lecturer in Linguistics, Lancaster University
  • 2000-2001: Lecturer in English Language, University of Newcastle
  • 2001-2002: Lecturer in Concordance, King’s College, University of London
  • 2002-present: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Edinburgh



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