Dr. Valerie Hobbs
Room 2.26, Jessop West
Internal Extension: 20228
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I joined the School of English on a permanent post in 2008. My educational background includes a BA in English Literature at Covenant College, an MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from Georgia State University, and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Sheffield. I also spent a summer studying in the Summer Institute of Linguistics at the University of North Dakota.
My academic work experience includes several years teaching English for Academic Purposes in USA and UK universities and as an undergraduate adjunct professor on a TESOL Teaching Certificate course in the USA.
I am a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL), the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR), and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR).
My research focuses on religious language, and I am currently writing a monograph on religious language in contemporary contexts. I am particularly interested in sermons and have published several papers on Christian divorce sermons. My research tends to be corpus-based, and I have built several of my own corpora.
Other areas of expertise include disciplinary discourse and second language writing, and recent projects involved examining the concept of clarity in a self-built corpus of philosophy texts. One such study makes explicit the ‘great divide’ between analytic and continental philosophy by examining how the importance of clarity in analytic philosophy, largely connected to its alignment with scientific inquiry, influences use of certain linguistic features and distinguishes analytic from continental journal articles.
I publish in a diverse range of publications, both within and outside my discipline, both for academia and for a popular audience.
Affiliated Research Centres
Member of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS)
Member of the Shiloh Project
I teach primarily on the MA in Applied Linguistics course on such modules as:
Reports and Other Publications