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Dr Nick Wilson

Overview

Dr Nick Wilson Position: Lecturer Email: WilsonN2@cf.ac.uk
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 76049
Extension: 76049
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff

Research Group

Centre for Language and Communication Research

Research Interests

Interactional Sociolinguistics, Language Variation and Change, Sociophonetics, Leadership, Organisational Discourse, Language and Sport, Masculinity, Swearing and Taboo Language

Related Links

Academia.edu page

Publications

File, Kieran .A. and Nick Wilson. 2015 (In Press). Struggling with stance: Analysing the public and private construction of rugby coach identity. In: Van De Mieroop, D. and Schnurr, S. (eds.) Identity Struggles. Evidence from Workplaces around the World. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Wilson, Nick. 2013. Interaction without walls: Analysing leadership discourse through dramaturgy and participation. Journal of Sociolinguistics 17(2). 180–199. doi:10.1111/josl.12024

Joe, Angela, Nick Wilson, Sara Kindon, & GEOG 404 Students. 2011. Assessing the impact of the withdrawal of Refugee Study Grants on refugee background students at tertiary institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand. Research report for TESOLANZ. Available at http://www.tesolanz.org.nz.

Wilson, Nicholas Andrew. 2011. Leadership as Communicative Practice: The Discursive Construction of Leadership and Team Identity in a New Zealand Rugby Team. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Available at: http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/handle/10063/1968.

Wilson, Nick. 2010. Bros, boys and guys: Address term function and communities of practice in a New Zealand rugby team. New Zealand English Journal, 24. 33-54.

Wilson, Nick. 2009. The discourse of deputies: Communicating co-leadership in a rugby club. Te Reo, 52. 73-98.

Wilson, Nicholas Andrew. 2011. Leadership as Communicative Practice: The Discursive Construction of Leadership and Team Identity in a New Zealand Rugby Team. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Available at: http://researcharchive.vuw.ac.nz/handle/10063/1968.
Wilson, Nick. 2010. Bros, boys and guys: Address term function and communities of practice in a New Zealand rugby team. New Zealand English Journal, 24. 33-54.

Wilson, Nick. 2009. The discourse of deputies: Communicating co-leadership in a rugby club. Te Reo, 52. 73-98.

Research

My research focuses on the interactional construction of leadership and team identity and has examined this in rugby teams in Scotland and New Zealand. In doing this I have researched swearing, embodied interaction, stance, and masculinity. More recently, I have been involved in an engagement project with Street Football Wales in which communication training materials were been developed and tested to assess the impact of team participation on team communication.
The two main themes in my research are identity and the acquisition of social practices, of which leadership can be considered to be one. My work typically operates within the Communities of Practice model, but I am also interested in psychological theories of identity. I not only have a broad range of other linguistic research interests, but also an interdisciplinary approach to research. I actively seek to inform my approach to linguistic research using knowledge from a range of disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, education, and artificial intelligence.

Nick’s Current Research Interests:

  • Interactional Sociolinguistics
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Sociophonetics
  • Leadership
  • Organisational Discourse
  • Language and Sport
  • Masculinity
  • Swearing and Taboo Language

Biography

Originally from Glasgow, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh, where I studied a diverse range of subjects including Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics, English Language, Social Anthropology and Celtic History. After a few years of working in the hospitality industry in Scotland, France and Ireland, I returned to Edinburgh to complete an MSc by Research in English Language, during which my interest in the language of sport developed. On completion of this I travelled to New Zealand to work on my PhD in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, which also focused on rugby and the way in which leadership and team identity was constructed through language. I completed my PhD in 2011 and returned to the UK where I held a short-term lecturing post at the University of Manchester teaching multilingualism, before coming to Cardiff University in September 2012.

I currently teach modules that involve Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, and Research Methods, but have previously taught a range of other subjects such as Multilingualism, Language and Social Psychology, and Stylistics.