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Professor in English Language
I am interested in all aspects of language use in social contexts, across time, space, and discourse communities. My investigations into the design and use of academic corpora and corpus-informed lexical reference tools are motivated by a desire to improve the effectiveness of scholarly communication, and to support international students and scholars.
Hilary Nesi is Professor in English Language at Coventry University. Her research activities largely concern corpus development and analysis, the discourse of English for academic purposes (EAP), and the design and use of dictionaries and reference tools for academic contexts. She publishes, presents papers, and supervises PhD students in all these areas. She was one of the developers of the business correspondence component of the JISC-funded BT e-Archive, and was principal investigator for the project to create the BASE corpus of British Academic Spoken English, and for the project to create the BAWE corpus: 'An Investigation of Genres of Assessed Writing in British Higher Education'. She is currently leading the development of the Engineering Lecture Corpus (ELC). Hilary also writes EAP teaching and learning materials: she led the development team for the EASE academic speaking and listening series, and the ESRC-funded ‘Writing for a Purpose’ project on the British Council ‘Learn English’ website.
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Professor in English Language