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Svenja Adolphs

Professor of English Language and Linguistics, Faculty of Arts

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I hold an MA in English Language for Literary Studies and a PhD in Applied Linguistics (both from the University of Nottingham). My PhD was on the link between speech acts and lexico-grammar using a corpus-based approach. It was supervised by Ron Carter who has since become a colleague and close collaborator on a number of projects. Between 2011 and 2015 I was Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Faculty of Arts and Associate Director of the Centre for Advanced Studies which supports research and KE across the faculties of Arts and Social Sciences. Other major previous roles at Nottingham include Head of English Language and Applied Linguistics, Director of the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics and Interim Academic Director of the Midlands 3 Cities AHRC funded Doctoral Training Partnership. I am currently lead for 'Cultures and Communication', one of the University's five Global Research Themes.

In September 2014 I joined the AHRC Council. Council members are responsible for the overall strategic direction of the AHRC including its key objectives and targets, and key decisions about the research direction of the AHRC. I am also currently a member of the ESRC's Capability Committee. The Capability Committee combines 'Methods and Infrastructure' and 'Training and Skills' in the new ESRC committee structure. I have previously served as a member of the AHRC's Knowledge Transfer Peer Review Panel and as a strategic reviewer. At the ESRC I was a member of the Grants Assessment Panel A and have been involved as an assessor and chair for a wide range of initiatives and commissioning panels. I serve on a number of editorial boards and conference committees. Between 2004-2007 I was a member of the executive committee of the British Association of Applied Linguistics and have represented BAAL in the Network of European Applied Linguists and the International Association for Applied Linguistics.

Teaching Summary

I teach across a wide range of areas in English Language and Applied Linguistics and across all levels including 1st, 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate, MA level, and research skills for PhD students.… read more

Research Summary

Areas of expertise - applied linguistics; discourse analysis; pragmatics; corpus linguistics; multimodality, digital humanities, e-language, sociolinguistics; language and location; language and… read more

Recent Publications

  • TSUCHIYA, K, COFFEY, F, TIMMONS, S, BAXENDALE, B and ADOLPHS, S, 2015. Simulated Patients vs Manikins in Acute Care Scenarios The Clinical Teacher. (In Press.)
  • ADOLPHS, S., KNIGHT, D. and CARTER, R., 2015. Beyond Modal Spoken Corpora: A Dynamic Approach to Tracking Language in Context. In: MCENERY, T. and BAKER, P., eds., Advances in Language and Linguistics: Corpora and Discourse Studies. Palgrave.
  • MULLANY, L., HARVEY, K., SMITH, C. and ADOLPHS, S., 2015. "Am I anorexic?" Weight, eating and discourses of the body in online adolescent communication Communication and Medicine. 1-15
  • KNIGHT, D., ADOLPHS, S. and CARTER, R., 2014. CANELC - The Cambridge and Nottingham eLanguage Corpus Corpora. 9(1),

I welcome applications for PhD study in the following areas: applied linguistics; discourse analysis; pragmatics; corpus linguistics; multimodality, digital humanities, e-language, sociolinguistics; language and location; language and identity. In terms of linguistic units of analysis, I have particular interests in phraseology, multi-word expressions and discourse structure.

I have extensive experience of supervising PhD students, and most of my former PhD students have moved to full time academic employment following the completion of their doctorate (including Dr Joe Wang, Dr Keiko Tsuchiya, Dr Anne Liu, Dr Dawn Knight now Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University, Dr Sarah Atkins now holding an ESRC Future Leaders award at the University of Nottingham, Dr Gila Schauer now Professor at the University of Erfurt in Germany, Dr Phoebe Lin now Senior Research Fellow at City University of Hong Kong, Dr Mike Handford now Professor at the Cardiff University). Dr Eric Lin and Dr Irina Dahlmann have moved into secondary school teaching careers.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of much of my research, my PhD students have received funding for their doctoral research from AHRC, ESRC and EPSRC, as well as through international scholarships. I regularly co-supervise with colleagues in other faculties, mainly based in Computer Science or Health Sciences. An emerging area of interest in this context is work with my colleague Professor Tom Rodden in the School of Computer Science on Human Agent Collectives. We are interested in how the communicative space between software agents and humans can be described and understood and what it might mean to be a digital agent in a human world in terms of communication. Tom and I are currently co-supervising two PhD students in this area.

I have a particular interest in research skills training development and in ensuring that doctoral students receive excellent generic and subject specific training to enable them to develop and thrive as researchers. I have been closely involved in the development of research skills training practice and policy at local, regional and national level. This has included being part of a multi-disciplinary consortium team that developed the proposal for the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Midlands 3 Cities. I was previously involved in the application and delivery of the AHRC funded national PG training initiative: Corpus Linguistics Advanced Research Education and Training (CLARET), 2007-2009 (run by a consortium including Birmingham, Reading, Liverpool, Lancaster and Nottingham), and strand leader in the subsequent AHRC funded initiative Hidden Collections (2012-2013). I have also led two successful ESRC Doctoral Training recognition submissions for Linguistics at UoN, as well as the submission of the Linguistics pathway of the UoN ESRC DTC, and developed associated modules in research methods in applied linguistics. I regularly supervise students on the 'Horizon: My Life in Data' EPSRC CDT.

I teach across a wide range of areas in English Language and Applied Linguistics and across all levels including 1st, 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate, MA level, and research skills for PhD students. Previous modules that I have either developed from scratch, convened and/or taught include: Language in Context (covering phonetics, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, and applications of language description), Research Methods in Applied Linguistics, Skills in Corpus Analysis, Language and Society, Discourse Analysis, English Language Teaching modules, New Language: English in the Computer Age.

PhD supervision: I welcome applications for PhD study in the following areas: applied linguistics and ELT; discourse analysis; pragmatics; corpus linguistics; multimodality, English language and digital humanities, e-language, language and location, health communication.

For further information please use the 'PhD supervision' tab above.

Current Research

Areas of expertise - applied linguistics; discourse analysis; pragmatics; corpus linguistics; multimodality, digital humanities, e-language, sociolinguistics; language and location; language and identity. In terms of linguistic units of analysis, I have particular interests in phraseology, multi-word expressions and discourse structure.

My research interests are mainly in the area of applied corpus linguistics and I am particularly interested in the wider applications of empirical language-based research. I have been involved in a range of corpus development projects including the Cambridge and Nottingham Corpus of Discourse in English (CANCODE) and the Cambridge and Nottingham Business English Corpus (CANBEC), the Nottingham Health Communication Corpus, and a recent corpus of e-language developed in collaboration with CUP.

A specific focus of my research is on developing frameworks and methods that enable us to account systematically for how our language varies from one context to another, and according to dynamic changes in the environment, in channels of communication and the social context of human interaction. I am particularly interested in how individuals and groups perform their identity by making different linguistic choices in across a range of contexts. Our work on the Teenage Health Freak project (see below) with my colleagues Louise Mullany, Kevin Harvey and Cat Smith is a good example of how these different strands of research have been combined and brought to bear on questions directly related to language and identity. We work closely with health professionals and other end users to ensure that this research can be used to inform current practice and policy related to issues in health communication.

Together with Dawn Knight and Ron Carter, and in collaboration with our colleagues in the School of Computer Science and IT at the University of Nottingham, I have worked extensively on multi-modal representations of spoken discourse through the development of video corpora funded mainly through an ESRC project which explores new forms of digital records for e-social science (see below). I have recently started to explore how this work might be applicable to research on sign language, as well as in cross-cultural contexts.

Recent projects include:

  • CASMA: Citizen-centric Approaches to Social Media Analysis (McAuley PI, Adolphs, Rodden, O'Malley) ESRC, 2014-2016.
  • Medikidz: health communication in comics. Horizon Digital Economy Research project, RCUK (Adolphs PI, Benford, MacAuley plus CRAL team). 2013.
  • Archives, Assets and Audiences: new modes to engage audiences with archival content and heritage sites (Benford PI, Adolphs, Madgin and Burch), AHRC. 2013.
  • Crowdsourcing. Horizon Digital Economy Research project, RCUK (Greenhalgh, Adolphs, Carter, Spence, Price) 2011-2012.
  • Exploiting corpus research for English Language Teaching applications (Carter (PI) and Adolphs), 2010 - 2011, ESRC.
  • From Corpus to Classroom (Adolphs and Carter), EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Secondment to industry partner, 2010-2011, EPSRC.
  • Health Communication on the Internet (Adolphs (PI), Mullany, Harvey), ESRC. 2009-2010.
  • Towards Pervasive Media (Benford (PI), Adolphs, Carter, Hale, Priestnall, Grainge, Jackson, Pearson), 2009-2011, EPSRC.
  • 'Digital Record Phase 2: Population Observatory' (Crabtree (PI), Carter, Adolphs, Rodden, Benford, Greenhalgh), 2008-2011. ESRC.
  • Collaborative exchange visits for grid-based multi-modal research with University of Chicago (Adolphs (PI) and Carter), 2007-2008, NSF/ESRC.
  • Second Language Speech Fluency: The role of pauses in the automatic extraction of multi-word units' (Adolphs (PI) and Rodden), 2005-2009, EPSRC.
  • Headtalk: understanding the nature and role of gesture in 1-to-1 conversation' (Carter (PI), Adolphs, Schmitt, Crabtree, Pridmore, Mills), 2005-2006, ESRC.
  • ESRC NATIONAL CENTRE FOR E-SOCIAL SCIENCE: Centre Node - New Forms of Digital Record', (Rodden (PI), Adolphs, Carter, Crabtree, O'Malley, Benford, Ainsworth, Clarke), 2004-2008, ESRC.
  • TSUCHIYA, K, COFFEY, F, TIMMONS, S, BAXENDALE, B and ADOLPHS, S, 2015. Simulated Patients vs Manikins in Acute Care Scenarios The Clinical Teacher. (In Press.)
  • ADOLPHS, S., KNIGHT, D. and CARTER, R., 2015. Beyond Modal Spoken Corpora: A Dynamic Approach to Tracking Language in Context. In: MCENERY, T. and BAKER, P., eds., Advances in Language and Linguistics: Corpora and Discourse Studies. Palgrave.
  • MULLANY, L., HARVEY, K., SMITH, C. and ADOLPHS, S., 2015. "Am I anorexic?" Weight, eating and discourses of the body in online adolescent communication Communication and Medicine. 1-15
  • KNIGHT, D., ADOLPHS, S. and CARTER, R., 2014. CANELC - The Cambridge and Nottingham eLanguage Corpus Corpora. 9(1),
  • SMITH, C., ADOLPHS, S., HARVEY, K. and MULLANY, L, 2014. Spelling Errors and Keywords in Born-Digital Data: A Case Study Using the Teenage Health Freak Corpus. Corpora. 9 (2),
  • LEIGH MICHAEL HARRY CLARK, KHALED BACHOUR, ABDULMALIK OFEMILE, SVENJA ADOLPHS, TOM RODDEN, 2014. Potential of imprecision: exploring vague language in agent instructors In: Proceedings of the second international conference on Human-agent interaction. 339-344
  • ADOLPHS, S. and CARTER, R.A., 2013. Spoken corpus linguistics: from monomodal to multimodal Routledge.
  • KNIGHT, D, ADOLPHS S and CARTER R.A., 2013. Formality in digital discourse: A study of hedging in CANELC. In: Yearbook of Corpus Linguistics and Pragmatics John Benjamins. 131-152
  • ADOLPHS, S, MULLANY, L., HARVEY, K. and SMITH, C., 2012. Health Communication and the Internet Available at: <http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cral/projects/thfindex.aspx>
  • ADOLPHS, S., MULLANY, L., HARVEY, K. and SMITH, C., 2012. Teenage health freak - encyclopedia Available at: <http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cral/projects/thfencyclopedia.aspx>
  • O'KEEFFE, A and CLANCY, B. AND ADOLPHS, S., 2011. Pragmatics in Use Routledge.
  • ADOLPHS, S., KNIGHT, D. and CARTER, R., 2011. Capturing context for heterogeneous corpus analysis: some first steps International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. 16(3), 305-324
  • ADOLPHS, S. AND KNIGHT, D., 2010. Building a spoken corpus: what are the basics?. In: IN O’KEEFFE, A. AND MCCARTHY, M., ed., The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics Routledge.
  • KNIGHT, D, TENNENT, P and ADOLPHS, S. AND CARTER, R., 2010. Developing heterogeneous corpora using the Digital Replay System (DRS) In: LREC 2010 (Language Resources Evaluation Conference) Workshop on Multimodal Corpora: Advances in Capturing, Coding and Analyzing Multimodality. (In Press.)
  • ADOLPHS, S. AND LIN, P., 2010. Corpus Linguistics. In: SIMPSON, J., ed., The Routledge Handbook of Applied Linguistics Routledge. (In Press.)
  • DAHLMANN, I. and ADOLPHS, S., 2009. Spoken corpus analysis: multimodal approaches to language description. In: BAKER, P., ed., Contemporary corpus linguistics Continuum International Publishing. 136-150
  • LIN, P. AND ADOLPHS, S., 2009. Sound evidence: A multimodal corpus-based study into the notion of holistic processing of multiword units. In: BARFIELD, A. AND GYLLSTAD, H., ed., Collocating in Another Language: Multiple Interpretations Palgrave Macmillan. (In Press.)
  • ADOLPHS, S., 2009. Using a corpus to study spoken language. In: HUNSTON, S. AND OAKEY, D., ed., Doing Applied Linguistics: Key concepts and skills for postgraduate study Abingdon: Routledge. (In Press.)
  • KNIGHT, D, EVANS, D and CARTER, R. AND ADOLPHS, S., 2009. Redrafting corpus development methodologies: Blueprints for 3rd generation “multimodal, multimedia’’ corpora Corpora. 4(1), 1-32
  • BRUNDELL, P, TENNENT, P, GREENHALGH, C, KNIGHT, D, CRABTREE, A, O’MALLEY, C, AINSWORTH, S, CLARKE, D and CARTER, R. & ADOLPHS, S., 2008. Digital Replay system (DRS): A Tool for Interaction Analysis In: Proceedings of the International Conference for the Learning Sciences 2008 (ICLS).
  • KNIGHT, D, ADOLPHS, S and TENNENT, P. AND CARTER, R., 2008. The Nottingham Multi-Modal Corpus: A Demonstration In: Proceedings of the 6th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference.
  • CARTER, R. AND ADOLPHS, S., 2008. Linking the verbal and visual: New directions for Corpus Linguistics Language and Computers. 64, 275-291
  • O'KEEFFE, A. and ADOLPHS, S., 2008. Response tokens in British and Irish discourse: Corpus, context and variational pragmatics. In: BARRON, A. and SCHNEIDER, K, eds., Variational Pragmatics Amsterdam : John Benjamins.
  • ADOLPHS, S., 2008. Corpus and context: investigating pragmatic functions in spoken discourse John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • KNIGHT, D. AND ADOLPHS, S., 2008. Multi-modal corpus pragmatics: the case of active listenership. In: ROMEO, J., ed., Corpus and Pragmatics Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter. (In Press.)
  • HAMILTON, C., ADOLPHS, S and NERLICH, B., 2007. The meaning of 'risk': A view from corpus linguistics Discourse & Society. 18(2), 163-181
  • ADOLPHS, S. and CARTER, R., 2007. Beyond the word: new challenges in analysing corpora of spoken English European Journal of English Studies. 11(2), 133-146
  • ADOLPHS, S, ATKINS, S and HARVEY, K., 2007. Caught between professional requirements and interpersonal needs: vague language in healthcare contexts. In: CUTTING, J., ed., Vague Language Explored Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. (In Press.)
  • ADOLPHS, S., 2007. Modality clusters and politeness in spoken discourse. In: SKANDERA, P., ed., Phraseology and Culture in English Mouton de Gruyter.
  • KNIGHT, D, CARTER, R, ADOLPHS, S, PRIDMORE, T, MILLS, S, CRABTREE, A and BAYOUMI, S., 2006. Beyond the text: construction and analysis of multi-modal linguistic corpora In: The 2nd International Conference on e-Social Science.
  • HARVEY, K.J. and ADOLPHS, S., 2006. 'Am I normal' Teenagers, Sexual Health and the Internet. In: International Conference of Language and Social Psychology.
  • KNIGHT, D, BAYOUMI, S and ADOLPHS S, MILLS, S, PRIDMORE, T AND CARTER R, 2006. Beyond the text: building and analysing multi-modal corpora In: Proc. 2nd International Conference on E-Social Science.
  • ADOLPHS, S., 2006. Modality clusters and politeness in spoken discourse. In: SKANDERA, P., ed., Idiom(s) and Culture(s) in English Berlin : Mouton de Gruyer.
  • SCHAUER, G. A. and ADOLPHS, S., 2006. Expressions of gratitude in corpus and DCT data: Vocabulary, formulaic sequences, and pedagogy System. VOL 34(NUMBER 1), 119-134
  • ADOLPHS, S., 2006. Introducing Electronic Text Analysis
  • ADOLPHS, S., 2006. Advances in Corpus Linguistics Journal of Pragmatics. VOL 38(NO 2), 292-296
  • ADOLPHS, S., 2005. 'I don't think I should learn all this' - a longitudinal view of attitudes towards 'native speaker' English.. In: GNUTZMANN, C. and INTEMANN, F., eds., The globalisation of English and the English language classroom Tübingen: Gunter Narr. 119-132
  • HARVEY, K.J. and ADOLPHS, S., 2005. Communicating Medical Concerns: A Corpus Analysis of Adolescent Health Emails. In: Annual Meeting of the British Association of Applied Linguistics.
  • ADOLPHS, S, CRAWFORD, P., BROWN, B., SAHOTA, O. and CARTER, R.A.., 2004. Applying Corpus Linguistics in a health care context International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 1(1), 44-49
  • SCHMITT, N., DÖRNYEI, Z., ADOLPHS, S. and DUROW, V., 2004. Knowledge and Acquisition of Formulaic Sequences: A Longitudinal Study. In: SCHMITT, N., ed., Formulaic Sequences: Acquisition, Processing and Use Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 55-86.
  • ADOLPHS, S. and SCHMITT, N., 2004. Vocabulary coverage according to spoken discourse context. In: BOGAARDS, P. and LAUFER, B., eds., Vocabulary in a Second Language. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • SCHMITT, N., GRANDAGE, S. and ADOLPHS, S., 2004. Are Corpus-derived Recurrent Clusters Psycholinguistically Valid?. In: SCHMITT, N., ed., Formulaic sequences: acquisition, processing and use Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • ADOLPHS, S. and DUROW, V., 2004. Social-Cultural Integration and the development of Formulaic Sequences. In: SCHMITT, N., ed., Formulaic Sequences Amsterdam : John Benjamins.
  • ADOLPHS, S. and SCHMITT, N., 2003. Lexical coverage of spoken discourse Applied Linguistics. 24(4), 425-438
  • ADOLPHS, S., HAMILTON, C.A. and NERLICH, B., 2003. The Meaning of Genetics International Journal of English Studies. 57-76
  • ADOLPHS, S. and CARTER, R.A., 2003. Creativity and a corpus of spoken English. In: GOODMAN, S., ed., Language, Literacy and Education: A Reader Stoke-on-Trent : Trentham Books.
  • ADOLPHS, S. and CARTER, R.A., 2003. And She's Like 'It's Terrible Like': Spoken discourse, grammar and corpus analysis International Journal of English Studies. 45-56
  • ADOLPHS, S. and CARTER, R.A., 2002. Corpus stylistics: point of view and semantic prosodies in To The Lighthouse Poetica. 7-20
  • ADOLPHS, S., 2002. Genre and Spoken Discourse: Probabilities and Predictions The Nottingham Linguistic Circular. 17, 47-60

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