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Alexander Baratta

Senior lecturer in English Language, University of Manchester

My research interests are largely focused on sociolinguistics (the relationship between accent and identity), pragmatics (intercultural communication) and academic writing from a variety of perspectives, such as the ways that students reveal personal identity in their essays and the linguistic features used to perform this function.


  • 2003–present
    Lecturer, The University of Manchester


  • 2013 
    The University of Manchester, MA in Linguistics
  • 2007 
    The University of Manchester, PhD in English Language
  • 2001 
    California State University, Northridge, MA in English Composition and Rhetoric


  • 2019
    A sociolinguistic perspective on accent and social mobility in the UK teaching profession, Sociological Research Online
  • 2019
    World Englishes in English language teaching, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2018
    Accent and identity in British teaching., Bloomsbury
  • 2017
    Accent and linguistic prejudice in British teacher training, Journal of Language, Identity and Education
  • 2016
    Keeping it real or selling out: The effects of accent modification on personal identity, Pragmatics and Society
  • 2014
    Military impoliteness as an (eventually) unmarked form: A comment on Bousfield (2007), Journal of Pragmatics
  • 2013
    Semantic and lexical issues in writings by Korean children, ESL Journal
  • 2013
    Applying the results of a student’s longitudinal source use to the teaching of citations, Professional and Academic English
  • 2012
    The implications of bringing Freshman Composition to a British university, Journal of Academic Writing
  • 2010
    Visual Writing, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • 2010
    Nominalization development across an undergraduate academic degree program, Journal of Pragmatics
  • 2009
    A fine ‘how do you do’: Contextual factors within English greetings, Teaching English as a Second Language: A New Pedagogy for a New Century. PHI Learning
  • 2009
    Revealing stance through passive voice, Journal of Pragmatics
  • 2008
    Using film to introduce and develop academic writing skills among UK undergraduate students, Journal of Educational Enquiry


I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.