Dr Jack Wilson

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technologies

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Current positions

Lecturer in English

Areas of Research

I research meaning. In particular, I am interested in the human capacity for meaning. Using a range of methods, I explore the following questions in my research:

How does linguistic meaning differ from other types of human meaning (e.g., gesture)?
How does human communication differ from animal communication?
What role does a language's environment play on its structure?

Relatedly, I am fascinated by the history of 20th Century philosophy, particularly the analytic movement in Europe and America.

Areas of Supervision

I would be interested in supervising PhDs on Semantics/Pragmatics, Multimodality and Gesture studies, and philosophy of language.


I am the programme leader for BA English Language. I am also the module leader for several modules on the degree:

Introducing Language
Structure of English
Truth and Meaning
Language and Communication

I also developed materials for and lecture on Critical Skills in the 21st Century

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PhD in Linguistics

  • Pragmatics

  • English Language and Linguistics