Professor Alice Deignan

Professor Alice Deignan


I have worked as a teacher of English and Teacher Educator in various countries in Europe and Asia. I have also worked as a lexicographer and author for Collins COBUILD.

I am a researcher and teacher in applied linguistics, with particular interests in lexical approaches to language analysis and teaching, and applications of corpus linguistics to the study of metaphor, metonymy and pragmatics.

I am on the editorial boards of the journals 'Metaphor and Symbol', 'Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics' and 'Empirical Language Research'. I am co-editor of 'Metaphor and the Social World'.


  • Head of School

Research interests

My research interests are in lexis, metaphor and pragmatics. I use large-scale corpora to investigate issues in these areas, using analytical techniques developed from corpus lexicography.

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Student education

I teach modules on language description and language skills at undergraduate and Masters level.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Language Education

Current postgraduate researchers

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