Personal profile



Siân Alsop teaches academic writing at Coventry University. She was awarded a PhD by Coventry University for her work on the pragmatic annotation of the Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC) and an MA (res) by the University of Warwick. She has worked as a research assistant on the project to develop the British Academic Written English (BAWE) corpus, as web editor for the Warwick Medical School, and spent six months as a visiting academic at the University of Tübingen to develop the ELVis language visualisation software. Her current projects include developing software to support language learners and analysing the linguistic character of feedback.


Area of Expertise:


Corpus linguistics, Academic writing

Research Interests

academic writing; corpus linguistics; education; data visualisation; computational methods

Vision Statement

We engage with spoken and written academic discourse – and its many manifestations across the disciplines – everyday. We expect our students to do the same and try to teach them how. The aim of my research is to identify and unpick structures and patterns in authentic data that enable this how, and to find effective ways of communicating them to staff and students.

External positions

Assistant Professor (adjunct), University of Luxembourg

1 Sep 20161 Sep 2019

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Research Output 2013 2016


Gardner, S. & Alsop, S. Nov 2016 Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age. Gardner, S. & Alsop, S. (eds.). London: Equinox, p. 1-8

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age

Gardner, S. (ed.) & Alsop, S. (ed.) Nov 2016 London: Equinox.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or Edited Book

Systemic functional linguistics

The 'Humour' element in engineering lectures across cultures: An approach to pragmatic annotation

Alsop, S. 4 Jul 2016 Corpus Linguistics on the Move: Exploring and Understanding English through Corpora. Brill, Vol. 79, p. 337-361 25 p. (Language and Computers; vol. 79)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Introductions in engineering lectures

Alsop, S. & Nesi, H. 2015 p. 19-22

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Activities 2011 2017

  • 11 Participation in conference
  • 5 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 1 Publication peer-review

35th ICAME conference

Alsop, S. (Speaker)
10 May 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

Biennial BALEAP Conference

Alsop, S. (Speaker)
17 Apr 201519 Apr 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Invited speaker: Oxford Brookes Language and Discourse Interdisciplinary Group

Alsop, S. (Invited Speaker)
8 Nov 2015

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

University of Oslo Corpus Linguistics Group

Alsop, S. (Invited Speaker)
27 Mar 2014

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Ninth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation

Alsop, S. (Speaker)
26 May 201431 May 2014

Activity: Participation in conference