My PhD research looks at how context affects the language that we use. To explore this phenomenon, I am investigating the language of the post-match sports interview in rugby, football, golf and tennis. The goal is to identify the language features of this genre and the aspects of the context that lead to and affect language use in these interviews. Linguistics provides the background and tools to explore this, allowing me to get behind the language and explore the cultural and contextual influences on our language use.
I have previously completed a Master’s degree in this School and I have taught English for specific purposes overseas. Studying Applied Linguistics and Linguistics has opened up a range of potential opportunities for me in an increasingly globalised world that is relying more and more on linguistic knowledge to facilitate intercultural communication.