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Dr. Joseph Gafaranga

Senior Lecturer

Phone: 0131 650 3496

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)


  • Contribution (2 lectures) to Introduction to Language Research (PG)

Administrative Roles

  • Programme Director for the MSc in Applied Linguistics
  • 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


Research outputs

  1. Language choice and direct speech presentation in Kinyarwanda news articles

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Overall order versus local order in bilingual conversation: A conversation analytic perspective on language alternation

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  3. Bilingualism as Interactional Practices

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

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Research projects

  1. Translinguistic apposition in a multilingual media blog in Rwanda

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

  2. Living and Working in Three Languages in Rwanda

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

  3. Living and working in three languages in Rwanda

    Project: Other ProjectUniversity Awarded Project Funding

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