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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
  • Indeterminacy and interpretation, Clark, B. 14 Aug 2018, Rethinking Language, Text and Context, London, Taylor & Francis
  • English After the Post-2015 A Level Reforms, Macrae, A., Clark, B., Giovanelli, M. 2018, In: Changing English
  • 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
  • Can Pictures Have Explicatures?, Forceville, C., Clark, B. 1 Dec 2014, In: Linguagem em (Dis)curso
  • Before and After Chekhov: Inference, Interpretation and Evaluation, Clark, B. 2 Sep 2014, Pragmatic Literary Stylistics, Palgrave
  • Pragmatic Literary Stylistics, Chapman, S., Clark, B. 2 Sep 2014
  • Pragmatics and inference, Clark, B. 30 Apr 2014, The Cambridge Handbook of Stylistics, Cambridge University Press

PGR Supervision

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


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