Dr Duygu Candarli

Dr Duygu Candarli


I am a researcher and teacher in applied linguistics, with interests in academic discourse, second language writing, corpus linguistics, phraseology, longitudinal and mixed methods research.

I joined the University of Leeds in November 2018. Prior to this, I was a research associate on the research project entitled ‘Linguistic Creativity in the Discourse of National Trust Holiday Cottage Guestbooks’ at the University of Sheffield. I obtained my PhD from the University of Manchester in 2017 and then received a research grant from the John Rylands Research Institute to pursue my postdoctoral research project on the corpus-based analysis of educational discourse. At the University of Manchester, I worked as a graduate teaching assistant and then as a lecturer in the English Language for Education programme, leading and contributing to both undergraduate and postgraduate course units and supervising dissertations. I also contributed to several research projects during my PhD. For one academic year, I worked as a researcher-in-residence at the Museum of Transport in Manchester, developing educational resources for primary school children in collaboration with local primary schools. I also taught general English and English for academic purposes in Turkey before coming to Manchester.

At the University of Leeds, I am a research fellow on an ESRC-funded research project entitled ‘Linguistic Challenges of the Transition from Primary to Secondary School’.


  • Committee member, Women at Leeds Network

Research interests

My research is at the intersection of (language) education and corpus linguistics. I am a mixed-methods researcher, with specific expertise in longitudinal research and advanced quantitative data analysis methods. My doctoral research, which combined the corpus linguistics methods and qualitative research methods, investigated phraseology in first and second language academic writing and provided new insights into developmental patterns of phraseology in different contexts. I also have researched metadiscourse in essays written by first and second language novice writers and phraseology in research articles, using corpus linguistics methods. I am currently exploring other genres of academic discourse, including seminars and lectures.

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  • PhD in Language Education (University of Manchester)
  • MA in English Language Education (Bogazici University)
  • BA in English Language Teaching with a minor degree in German (Middle East Technical University)

Professional memberships

  • British Association for Applied Linguistics
  • Learner Corpus Association
  • European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing
  • R-Ladies Global

Student education

I contribute to modules on MA TESOL, MA TESOL Studies, and MSc Educational Research Methods programmes.

I currently supervise three MA TESOL studies students, and I am an advisor of one postgraduate researcher.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Language Education
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