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Paul Simpson

Professor Paul Simpson

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Paul Simpson is a Professor of English Language in the School of English at Queen's University Belfast where is also Director of Research in English Language and Linguistics. He teaches and researches in many areas of English language and linguistics, with his work tending generally towards the "applied" rather than the "theoretical" end of the spectrum of English language research. His publications have included, inter alia, studies of the sociolinguistic features of pop singing styles, the pragmatics of advertising discourse and the linguistic patterns of verbal humour. He is best known for his books and articles in stylistics and critical linguistics. His books include Language, Ideology and Point of View and Language through Literature, both published by Routledge, and he is the co-editor of Language, Discourse and Literature (Unwin Hyman). He is also the Editor of the journal Language and Literature (see below). Simpson has been a member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA) since 1981 and is currently a committee member of this organisation.

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Current Research
Simpson is currently co-authoring with Andrea Mayr, his colleague at Queen's, a textbook for Routledge entitled Language and Power. The book is expected to be published in 2009, in Routledge's English Language Introductions Series. His current article-length projects include work on the stylistics of Irish literature, and on pedagogical stylistics, for inclusion in scholarly collections. He has also been developing on a project of the linguistic-pragmatic characteristics of verbal irony, which follows from his ongoing research on the discourse of humour. Plans are afoot to develop this into a new monograph.

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