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Prof Billy Clark

Professor

Department: Humanities

Professor Billy Clark leads research in linguistics at Northumbria University. His research interests include aspects of linguistic semantics, pragmatics, prosodic meaning, stylistics, multimodal meaning and semantic change (all of which share a focus on aspects of linguistic and non-linguistic meaning). He has been involved in several projects which focus on the relationships between activities at school and at university, including the United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad and the Integrating English project. With the Integrating English team, he runs The Definite Article for AQA (an awarding body offering GCSE, AS and A Level qualifications), a website which offers research digests and other resources for teachers.

Campus Address

Office: Lipman 418



Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Professor Billy Clark leads research in linguistics at Northumbria University. His research interests include aspects of:

  • linguistic semantics
  • pragmatics
  • prosodic meaning
  • stylistics
  • multimodal meaning
  • semantic change

These interests are connected by a shared focus on aspects of linguistic and non-linguistic meaning.

He has been involved in several projects which focus on the relationships between activities at school and at university, including the United Kingdom Linguistics Olympiad and the Integrating English project. With the Integrating English team, he runs The Definite Article for AQA (an awarding body offering GCSE, AS and A Level qualifications), a website which offers research digests and other resources for teachers.

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • “Lazy reading” and “half-formed things”: indeterminacy and responses to Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is A Half-formed Thing, Clark, B. 29 May 2019, Pragmatics and Literature, John Benjamins
  • Manipulating inferences: interpretative problems and their effects on readers, Clark, B. 29 May 2019, Stylistic Manipulation of the Reader in Fiction, London, Bloomsbury
  • Pragmatics and Literature, Clark, B., Chapman, S. 29 May 2019
  • Relevance, Pragmatics and Interpretation, Scott, K., Clark, B., Carston, R. Jul 2019
  • English After the Post-2015 A Level Reforms, Macrae, A., Clark, B., Giovanelli, M. 2018, In: Changing English
  • Indeterminacy and interpretation, Clark, B. 14 Aug 2018, Rethinking Language, Text and Context, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Responding to Reform, Giovanelli, M., Clark, B., Macrae, A. 2018, In: English in Education
  • Relevance theory and language change, Clark, B. 1 May 2016, In: Lingua
  • Before and After Chekhov: Inference, Interpretation and Evaluation, Clark, B. 2 Sep 2014, Pragmatic Literary Stylistics, Palgrave
  • Can Pictures Have Explicatures?, Forceville, C., Clark, B. 1 Dec 2014, In: Linguagem em (Dis)curso

PGR Supervision

  • Crispin Chatterjee Start: 01/05/2018
  • Kyu Hyun Park Start: 01/03/2018


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