Professor Urszula Clark

Urszula Clark

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I am Professor of English and Linguistics    within the School of Languages and Social Sciences (LSS). I am Director of The West Midlands English: Speech and Society project.  My main areas of research interests are: English pedagogy; variationist sociolinguistics and discourse analysis.


Research interests

  • Sociolinguistics: Regional/social variation in discourse structure and strategy; interactional sociolinguistics; ethnography of communication; gender and regional variation in discourse style; current work on variations of English in the West Midlands region of England and their relationship with notions of identity and place.  
  • English Pedagogy: The relationship between education and notions of identity- national, regional and individual; current work on pedagogical stylistics.

Teaching Activity

  • PhD supervision in discourse analysis, English Language pedagogy, Language and Identity
  • Masters modules in grammar
  • Undergraduate modules in Language and Identities, Variations of English, Research Methods and Critical Discourse Analysis


  • BA in Philosophy and English, University of York
  • PGCE English and Drama, University of Leeds
  • PhD in Arts Education, University of Warwick

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