Personal profile


A.Mus.A, BA (Hons), MA, PhD, LLB, FHEA

Research interests

My most recent work deals with the language of waste. In this work, and in my writing on money and debt, I focus on the language used by or to 'ordinary' people in order to better understand human culture, communication and relationships with the world.

My previous research dealt with human rights, the body and language. This work provides an answer to the quest for a universal foundation for human rights. I have also conducted some research on spoken signs and past work includes research in the fields of HIV/AIDS and quality of life, globalisation and marginal religious movements. 


Professional affiliations




I have previously taught

English in its Social Context (Sociolinguistics)

Language and Gender

Sexist Language

Language and Power

Forensic Linguistics