Alexander Baratta

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
    World Englishes in English language teaching, Palgrave Macmillan
  • 2019
    A sociolinguistic perspective on accent and social mobility in the UK teaching profession, Sociological Research Online
  • 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
    Applying the results of a student’s longitudinal source use to the teaching of citations, Professional and Academic English
  • 2013
    Semantic and lexical issues in writings by Korean children, ESL Journal
  • 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.