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Prof. Eric Friginal I specialize in corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, quantitative discourse analysis, intercultural communication, language policy and planning, technology (including Generative AI) and language education, study abroad and international education, and research methods in applied linguistics. I have been exploring real-world recorded and transcribed texts (i.e., corpora) from domains such as outsourced customer service call centers, healthcare, tourism and hospitality, global aviation, international maritime industry, and talk in multi-cultural and multimodal workplaces. Some of my current projects include:
  • Language training and assessment for global Aviation English communications
  • The intersection between corpora and Generative AI (e.g., ChatGPT, Claude)
  • (New) podcasting in the age of Generative AI
  • Applied CL and workplace communication 
Prof. Louise Cummings My research interests are in pragmatics, clinical linguistics, communication disorders, and health communication. I can supervise students who want to work in the area of language and communication disorders (particularly pragmatic disorders). I can also supervise projects in health communication such as how experts and lay people reason about public health problems. Below are some of the topics I am working on:
  • Cognitive-linguistic difficulties in adults with Long Covid
  • Pragmatic disorders in children and adults
  • Reasoning about health risks associated with lifestyle choices, drugs, food, etc.
  • Cognitive theories of pragmatic language disorders
  • Fallacies in medical and health reasoning

Dr Phoenix Lam

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My research interests are in corpus linguistics, linguistic landscape, (multimodal) discourse analysis, and professional communication. I can supervise students who want to work in the area corpus-based discourse analysis. I can also supervise projects in the areas of linguistic landscape or professional communication. Below are some of the topics I am working on:
  • Corpus analysis of digital tourism discourse
  • Online place branding discourse
  • Discursive construction and representation of a place
  • Pragmatic competence in professional communication
  • Linguistic landscapes and place making
Dr Phoebe Lin

My research interests include vocabulary learning, speech prosody, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, computer-assisted language learning, and machine learning. I can supervise students interested in the areas of vocabulary learning and speech prosody, particularly from psycholinguistic and corpus linguistic perspectives. Below are some of my recent projects:

  • Investigating the role of spoken input and natural speech prosody in L1 and L2 formulaic language acquisition
  • Identifying the prosodic features of formulaic expressions
  • Assessing the potential of video-streaming to maximise exposure to L2 English spoken input
  • Developing intelligent computer software to enhance contextualised L2 vocabulary acquisition through video-streaming
  • Designing new corpus software for analysing spoken data
  • Developing and validating a normative database of 40,000 formulaic expressions 


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