Dr Christopher Shank

Lectureship

Contact info

c.shank@bangor.ac.uk
School of Languages, Literature & Linguistics
Bangor University
Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG
United Kingdom
Phone: +44  01248 38 3590

Contact Info

c.shank@bangor.ac.uk
School of Languages, Literature & Linguistics
Bangor University
Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG
United Kingdom
Phone: +44  01248 38 3590

Teaching and Supervision

Classes / modules taught at Bangor:

QXL 1111 Describing Language

QXL 1116 Introduction to Semantics & Pragmatics.

QXL 1117 Introduction to Syntax & Morphology

QXL 2202 Meaning & Mind

QXL 2222 History of English

QXL 3341 UG Dissertation

QXL 3347 Language Change (for undergraduates)

QXL 3363 Language Culture & Power (for undergraduates)

QXL 3377 Corpus Linguistics Theory & Practice (for undergraduates)

QXL 4411 Foundations of Linguistics I

QXL 4431 Foundations of Linguistics II

QXL 4447 Language Change for post graduate taught students)

QXL 4463 Language Culture & Power (for post graduate taught students)

QXL 4477 Corpus Linguistics Theory & Practice for post graduate taught students

 

Master’s Thesis Supervised at Bangor:

2018     Alaw Mon Griffiths. ‘Cross cultural, cross linguistic study into the perception of the term Feminist in Wales’.

2018     Ashwaq A Alsulami. ‘A sociolinguistic analysis of the use of Arabizi in social media among Saudi Arabians’

2018     Taghreed Al Thiayabat  ‘Investigating Saudi versus Jordanian undergraduate English Language Studies students’ spelling errors

2017     Justin Thompson. ‘A corpus-based analysis of negative responsives in the speech of Welsh speaking adults’.

2017     Llinos Gough ‘What does it mean to be gay in UK media? A diachronic corpus-based investigation into the representation of sexual orientation in British newspapers’.

2016     Hernando Andrés Jiménez Rocha. ‘Spanish First Person Singular Subject Pronoun Usage in Spoken Castilian Spanish: A Morphosyntactic and Pragmatic Approach’.

2015     Osama Sultan S Alruwaili   ‘Using Discourse Analysis on the Language of the Terrorist Group ISIS as a means of identifying the ideology beneath the rhetoric’.

2015     Alaa Alahmadi ‘Exploring Vocabulary Learning Strategies of Saudi undergraduate EFL students at King Abdulaziz University and its relationship to their vocabulary size’.

2015     Javier Morras Cortes ‘Chilean Cultural models and figurative meaning extension’.

2014     Harry Bradford ‘Identifying linguistic trends in suicide notes over a 50 year period: a diachronic corpus based approach’.

2014     Qianwen Cheng    ‘A Construction Grammar Approach to the Family of Chinese caused-Motion Constructions’.

2014    Farissa Ahmad Fisol. ‘Using Style Markers for Authorship Identification’.

2014    Gareth Monk ‘A corpus linguistic authorship analysis of the Eddie Gilfoyle case

2013    Alexander Cornford   ‘The Language of Food Advertising: How is food represented in advertising and how does it affect choice?’

2012    Abtesam Alshallam ‘Negation errors in Arabic learners of English’.

2012     Thomas Beakes ‘Examining the impact Ideology in discourse

2012     Hannah Coustick ‘Bias in media/discourse with respect to gender and education

2012     Jonathan Hughes  ‘Discourse analysis and public opinion

Grant Awards and Projects

Public Health Wales - Scoping Study: Health and Deafness in Wales Survey.  Co-lead Dr Anouschka Foltz, University of Graz, Austria.

Principle objectives: 1) To develop and pilot an appropriate tool/method to collate views on factors influencing health of d/Deaf populations in Wales.  2) To complete a literature review on the health and care needs of the d/Deaf communities in the UK and Wales. 3) To complete a small qualitative study to explore (1) the barriers and enablers to staying healthy in d/Deaf communities, and (2) potential actions for different professional groups (e.g. local authority, schools, employers, planning, health promotion materials, health service (pharmacy, GPs, hospital care)).                                                                                   

Awarded £10,000   

 

Wales School for Social Care Research - Capacity Building Small Grants Award.

Co-PI with Dr Anouschka Foltz, University of Graz, Austria and Sarah Matthews, Chief Exec, Centre of Sign-Sight-Sound, Colwyn Bay, Wales

Principle objectives: Developing and evaluating the effectiveness of parenting classes in BSL: Developing culturally-sensitive learning materials.

                                                                                                                        Awarded £9,979   

Research

I am a corpus linguist and I approach language and cognition from a usage-based / functionally oriented perspective. I therefore fully embrace and integrate the social and cognitive dimensions of language and language use, via real data and/or discourse in the form of both spoken and written corpora, in both my research and teaching. 

My research expertise and interests include the following: using spoken and written corpora to explore synchronic and diachronic texts in terms of linguistic use, variation, change and innovation in British, American and World Englishes,  syntax and semantics, integrating statistics into linguistics research, sociolinguistic variation, language contact and change, functional and descriptive approaches to grammar, polysemy, epistemicity, inter-subjectivity, conceptual metaphor & metonymy, multimodal analysis, critical discourse analysis (CDA),  critical pedagogy, TEFL, bilingualism and bilingual identity, British Sign Language, and issues related to language, culture, gender and power.

Areas of Research Supervision

I am prepared to supervise research projects in the following areas: using spoken and written corpora to explore synchronic and diachronic texts in terms of linguistic use, variation, change (in English as well as other languages), comparing and contrasting World Englishes,  projects with either syntactic or semantically based research questions,  sociolinguistic variation, language contact and change, functional and descriptive approaches to grammar, polysemy, epistemicity, inter-subjectivity, conceptual metaphor & metonymy, multimodal analysis, critical discourse analysis (CDA),  critical pedagogy, TEFL methodology,  bilingualism and bilingual identity, almost any aspect British Sign Language and De/deaf culture, and issues / research questions exploring the interrelationships between language, culture, gender and power.

Other

Education

Ph.D. in Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico. USA

Dissertation Title: “The Relationship between Metaphorical Language Use and Transitivity:  A Usage-Based Corpus Linguistic Case Study of Four English Verbs of Tactile Perception: Touch, Hold, Handle and Feel”. 

Master of Arts in Language Literacy & Sociocultural Studies – Bilingualism and Bilingual Education Specialization, Department of Language Literacy Sociocultural Studies, College of Education, University of New Mexico. Albuquerque, NM. USA

Thesis Title:Flemish (Dutch) and Walloon (French) Identity Construction with Respect to Bilingual Education in Belgium”.

Master of Arts in TESOL. School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT. USA

Thesis Title:From Culture Shock to Assimilation: A Case Study of EFL Lecturers in Kwangju, South Korea”.

Bachelor of Arts  Majors (3) : International Relations, Political Science, and History. University of Wisconsin – Madison, WI. USA

Thesis Title:  “Denmark and NATO membership: Present and Future Challenges

Teaching and Supervision

Current PhD Student Supervision – as 1st Supervisor

Mr Atheer Abdulhadi Ras Aljubouri.  ‘Representation of Iraqis in Hollywood Films in pre and post US led intervention in Iraq:  A Critical Discourse Study’.

Ms. Shailaja Bakshi. ‘Examining Lexico-Grammatical Argument Structure Patterns in Native and Non-Native Varieties of South Asian English:  A Corpus Based Analysis of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan English.

Mr Osama Sultan S Alruwaili. ‘Understanding ISIS’s Ideology, Goals & Propaganda techniques: A Critical Discourse Analysis of ISIS Recruitment Techniques and Tactics Targeting British Muslim Youth’. 

As 2nd supervisor:

Ms Maram Alamri. ‘Exploring the encoding of motion in verbs in English by L1 Arabic-speaking learners of English’.

Mr Alessandro Arioli.  ‘"Mutual intelligibility among Gallo-Italic, Occitan, Franco-Provençal and Tuscan geolects as a heuristic addressing issues in the classification of Romance languages".

PhD Project Opportunities

I am prepared to supervise MA and PhD level research projects in the following areas: using spoken and written corpora to explore synchronic and diachronic texts in terms of linguistic use, variation, change (in English as well as other languages), comparing and contrasting World Englishes,  projects with either syntactic or semantically based research questions,  sociolinguistic variation, language contact and change, functional and descriptive approaches to grammar, polysemy, epistemicity, inter-subjectivity, conceptual metaphor & metonymy, multimodal analysis, critical discourse analysis (CDA),  critical pedagogy, TEFL methodology,  bilingualism and bilingual identity, almost any aspect British Sign Language and De/deaf culture, and issues / research questions exploring the interrelationships between language, culture, gender and power.

Research areas and keywords

Keywords

  • PE English
  • LB2361 Curriculum
  • P Philology. Linguistics

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2008 - MEd , Master of Arts in Language Literacy & Sociocultural Studies – Bilingualism and Bilingual Education Specialization (2005 - 2008)
  • 2007 - PhD , Ph.D. in Linguistics (2001 - 2007)
  • 1995 - MA , Master of Arts in TESOL (1993 - 1994)
  • 1989 - BA , Bachelor of Arts (1985 - 1989)
  • Professional , LSA Summer Institute - University of California, Santa Barbara, CA. USA (2001)

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