Pop-up Mentors

This page shows biographies of the various academics who have agreed to provide Pop-Up Mentoring during the ISLE Summer School. Please note that it is still under construction and will be expanded as soon as new information becomes available.

Prof. Carolina Amador-Moreno

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University of Bergen, NO

Carolina Amador-Moreno is a Professor in English Linguistics. Her research interests focus on the English spoken in Ireland and include a variety of subdisciplines, including (historical) sociolinguistics, pragmatics, discourse analysis, stylistics and corpus linguistics. Her recent publications have focussed on the use of corpora to investigate Irish English.

Prof. Alfred Buregeya

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University of Nairobi, KE

Alfred Buregeya is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Languages. For over 20 years, his research has focused on describing the features of the English used in Kenya as a second language variety. In 2019, his 258-page monograph on the topic was published by De Gruyter Mouton as Kenyan English. In 2012, a chapter by the same title was published in Bernd Kortmann & Kerstin Lunkenheimer’s (eds) The Mouton World Atlas of Variation in English. Since then, he has also been the informant on Kenyan English for Kortmann et al.’s (2013/2020) The Electronic World Atlas of Varieties of English (eWAVE) .

Prof. Joan Beal

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The University of Sheffield, UK

Joan Beal is an Emeritus Professor of English Language. Her research interests are in the fields of dialectology and the history of post-1700 English, and she has often worked on the interface between these two fields. She is also interested in issues of place and identity, both with reference to language and in a broader cultural context.

Dr Qi Zhang

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Dublin City University, IE

Qi Zhang is an assistant professor with particular research interests in Chinese as a foreign language. She has authored a number of refereed articles and book chapters on Chinese language education, including Chinese language study among ethnic minorities.

Prof. Dr Robert Fuchs


University of Hamburg, DE

Robert Fuchs is an Associate Professor in English Linguistics with an interest in a variety of linguistic disciplines, including language variation and change and learner Englishes. His recent publications have focussed on collostructional investigations of British English and sociophonetic variation in Trinidadian English prosody.

Prof. Laurie Bauer

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Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

Laurie Bauer FRSNZ is an Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and a descriptive linguist, with particular interests in morphology and word-formation. He is widely published in areas including the description of varieties of English, phonetics, phonology and the recent history of the English language. He was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand’s Humanities/Aronui Medial for research or innovative work of outstanding merit in the Humanities.

Dr Mark Carver

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University of St Andrews, UK

Mark Carver is a Lecturer in TESOL at the University of St Andrews, and is also a Research Associate of the University of Strathclyde. His recent research has explored survey methods to identify the risk of attrition, as well as the effect of distance learning on feedback.

Dr Lynn Clark

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University of Canterbury, NZ

Lynn Clark is a Senior Lecturer in linguistics, with interests in phonetics and phonology, sociolinguistics, and usage-based models of linguistics. Her recent publications have focussed on various aspects of New Zealand English, including systematic co-variation of monophthongs across speakers.

Dr Aris Clemons


University of Tennessee, US

Aris Clemons is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Linguistics, whose work spans the fields of linguistics, education, anthropology, and Black and Latinx studies. She is a scholar of raciolinguistics and questions the linguistic mechanisms behind the construction and maintenance of racialising and marginalising ideologies.

Dr David Deterding

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Universiti Brunei Darussalam, BN

David Deterding is a Professor with wide research interests in phonetics, world Englishes, the pronunciation of Malay and intelligibility in English as a lingua franca. His recent publications have investigated the features of Asian Englishes, including intelligibility in Chinese English in Central China.

Prof. Jette Hansen Edwards

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The Chinese University of Hong Kong, HK

Jette Hansen Edwards is a Professor with interests in second language phonology and World Englishes. Recent publications have included the impact of various factors on second language pronunciation, as well as the popularity of American English in Hong Kong.

Prof. Janice Carruthers

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Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Janice Carruthers is a Professor of French Linguistics and Dean of Research in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Her main research interests are in the linguistic structure of oral narrative in French, as well as language and identity in France.

Prof. Sebastian Hoffmann

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Universität Trier, DE

Sebastian Hoffmann is a Professor and also a dedicated corpus linguist. His research predominantly focusses on the application of usage-based approaches to the study of language, including syntactic change, the development of World Englishes and verb complementation.

Prof. Dr Dr H.C. Bernd Kortmann

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University of Freiburg, DE

Bernd Kortmann is a Full Professor of English Language and Linguistics with over 90 published research articles and reviews in journals and collective volumes. His main research interest over the last decade has been the grammar of non-standard varieties of English around the world.

Prof. María José López-Couso

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Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, ES

María José López-Couso is a Professor in English and also the Vice-President (Research) for ISLE. She has particular research interests in grammaticalisation and (inter)subjectification processes in the history of English.

Prof. Joan Rahilly

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Queen’s University Belfast, UK

Joan Rahilly is a Professor with a special interest in the effect of speech and language variation on communication. Her teaching generally focusses on phonetics and phonology, with emphasis on aspects of disordered speech and on varieties of English in Ireland.

Dr Celeste Rodriguez Louro

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The University of Western Australia, AU

Celeste Rodriguez Louro is a Senior Lecturer and an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow. She is a variationist sociolinguist, and her current research examines variation and change in varieties of Aboriginal English.

Dr Salbrina Sharbawi

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Universiti Brunei Darussalam, BN

Salbrina Sharbawi is a Senior Assistant Professor with research interests in sociophonetics, world Englishes (particularly Brunei English), language policy and planning and sociopolitical linguistics. Recent publications include investigating Generation Z usage of English in Brunei, and family language policies in the Malays of Brunei.

Prof. Jeremy Smith

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University of Glasgow, UK

Jeremy Smith is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the School of Critical Studies. He is widely published with over 100 articles, books and reviews to his name. He is a specialist in English historical linguistics, the history of Scots, book history and medieval language and literature.