Dr Jack Wilson
Lecturer in English Language
- BA in English Language and Linguistics from York St John
- MA in Pragmatics from University College London
- PhD from the University of Leeds, department of Linguistics and Phonetics
I teach on modules focussing predominantly on meaning in language. I am currently teaching on the following modules:
- Foundations of Language II: Semantics and Pragmatics
- Researching English Language
- Corpus Approaches to Language
- Truth and Meaning
- Language and Communication
- Current Issues in Pragmatics
Generally speaking, my research attempts to address the following question: What is meaning in language and how does it differ from meaning we find elsewhere?
Particularly, I research co-speech gestures, which are meaning gestures that accompany language use. In addressing this question, I adopt a variety of experimental and observational methods.
I am currently working on a variety of research projects, including: Gesture in speech production and comprehension, (rural) Sign Languages, the evolution of sign systems, metaphor in contemporary song lyrics, and gesture in modern South Arabian Languages.
- Watson, JCE. & Wilson J. (2017) Gesture in Modern South Arabian Languages: variation in multimodal constructions during task- based interaction. scheduled for the special issue Brill's Journal of Afroasiatic Languages and Linguistics, Volume 9, Issue 1.
- Merrison, A. J., Wilson, J. J., Davies, B. L., and Haugh, M. (2012) Getting Stuff Done: Comparing ‘E-mail Requests’ from Students in Higher Education in Britain and Australia. Journal of Pragmatics , 44: 1077–1098