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Dr Michael Pearce

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Senior Lecturer in English Language

I have been at the University of Sunderland since 2004, researching mainly in the fields of sociolinguistics, dialectology, and corpus linguistics. I am on the editorial board of English Today (Cambridge University Press). My latest book is North East Vernacular English Online (Edinburgh University Press)

Teaching and supervision

I teach mainly on the following undergraduate modules:

  • CPW100: The Fundamentals of English Language Study
  • CPW102: Writing Short Fiction and Poetry
  • CPW103: Regional Writing: Language
  • CPW200: Language and Society

Research interests for potential research students

Sociolinguistics and dialectology.


I have published mainly in the fields of dialectology, corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis, with articles appearing in journals such as Language and Literature, Corpora, English Studies, and the Journal of English Linguistics. I am also the author of North East Vernacular English Online (Edinburgh University Press). My research website can be found here. I have a particular interest in the language and culture of North East England.


Number of items: 18.


Pearce, Michael (2020) The Survival of Traditional Dialect Lexis on the Participatory Web. English Studies, 101 (4). pp. 487-509. ISSN 0013-838X

Pearce, Michael (2020) The Participatory Vernacular Web and Regional Dialect Grammar. English Today. ISSN 1474-0567

Pearce, Michael (2015) Mam or mum? Sociolinguistic Awareness and Language-ideological Debates Online. Sociolinguistic Studies, 9 (1). pp. 115-135. ISSN 1750-8649

Pearce, Michael (2015) The Ethnonym Geordie in North East England. Names: A Journal of Onomastics, 63 (2). pp. 75-85. ISSN 0027-7738

Pearce, Michael (2014) Key Function Words in a Corpus of UK Election Manifestos. Linguistik Online, 65 (3). pp. 23-44. ISSN 1615-3014

Pearce, Michael (2014) ‘Not quite a Geordie’: the folk-ethnonyms of north-east England. Nomina, 37. pp. 1-35. ISSN 0141-6340

Pearce, Michael (2013) "That word so fraught with meaning": The History, Cultural Significance and Current Use of 'Canny' in North East England. English Studies, 94 (5). pp. 562-581. ISSN 0013-838X

Pearce, Michael (2012) Folk accounts of dialect differences in Tyne and Wear. Dialectologia et Geolinguistica, 20 (1). pp. 5-25. ISSN 0942-4040

Pearce, Michael (2011) Exploring a Perceptual Dialect Boundary in North East England. Dialectologia et Geolinguistica, 19 (1). pp. 3-22. ISSN 0942-4040

Pearce, Michael (2011) "It isn't geet good, like, but it's canny": A New(ish) Dialect Feature in North East England. English Today, 27 (3). pp. 1-7. ISSN 0266-0784

Pearce, Michael (2009) A Perceptual Dialect Map of North East England. Journal of English Linguistics, 37 (2). pp. 162-192. ISSN 0075-4242

Pearce, Michael (2008) Investigating the Collocational Behaviour of MAN and WOMAN in the BNC using Sketch Engine. Corpora, 3 (1). pp. 1-29. ISSN 1749-5032

Pearce, Michael (2005) Informalization in UK Party Election Broadcasts 1966-1997. Language and Literature, 14 (1). pp. 65-90. ISSN 0963-9470

Pearce, Michael (2004) The Marketization of Discourse about Education in UK General Election Manifestos. Text: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Discourse, 24 (2). pp. 245-265. ISSN 0165-4888

Pearce, Michael (2001) Getting Behind the Image: Personality Politics in a Labour Party Election Broadcast. Language and Literature, 10 (3). pp. 211-228. ISSN 0963-9470

Book Section

Pearce, Michael (2017) The Linguistic Landscape of North East England. In: Perspectives on Northern Englishes. Topics in English Linguistics, 96 . De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin, pp. 61-81. ISBN 9783110448658

Pearce, Michael and Maybin, Janet (2006) Literature and Creativity in English. In: The Art of English: Literary Creativity. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 3-48. ISBN 9781403985606


Pearce, Michael (2007) The Routledge Dictionary of English Language Studies. Routledge Dictionaries . Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415351720

This list was generated on Tue Apr 16 23:43:20 2024 BST.
  • Modern English language
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Dialectology
  • Corpus linguistics

Last updated 11 March 2024