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Hazel Price



Hazel Price

BA (York St John) MA (Huddersfield)

Lecturer in Linguistics


I am a Lecturer in Linguistics based at the University of Huddersfield, UK. My research interests include corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics and linguistic ethnography. I am also interested in the application of research in linguistics, particularly through public engagement initiatives and public linguistics. In 2018, I edited a book related to this topic with Dan McIntyre for Routledge entitled Applying Linguistics: Language and the Impact Agenda.

I am an Editorial Assistant for the popular language magazine, Babel, where I write the regular feature ‘Language in the News’, and Assistant Editor of Lingo, which aims to bring linguistics to a young audience. I also organise the weekly Huddersfield Linguistics Research Seminar Series.

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Research and Scholarship

My PhD research uses methods from corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis to explore the discursive construction of mental illness in UK newspapers. My PhD work analyses how the press represent issues concerning mental illness and how this can be said to affect society’s view of mental illness. In addition to my PhD research, I also conduct research in the areas of pragmatics and interactional sociolinguistics.

In addition to my own research, I also conduct research for Language Unlocked, a consultancy based in Linguistics and Modern Languages that specialises in the analysis of large quantities of language data for public, private and third-sector organisations. Our clients have included the UK Green Party and the BBC. 

Publications and Other Research Outputs


McIntyre, D. & Price, H. (eds) (2018). Applying Linguistics: Language and the Impact Agenda. Abingdon: Routledge. 

Edited special issue

Price, H. & Wilson, J. (eds) (2018). Perspectives on politeness: analysing a courtroom interaction. Special Issue, Journal of Politeness Research. 14 (1).

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Price, H. (forthcoming) ‘How is brand identity linguistically encoded? A case study of BrewDog’, Language and Literature.

Price, H., & Wilson, J. (2019). ‘Relevance theory and metaphor: an analysis of Tom Waits’ ‘Emotional Weather Report’ ‘Emotional Weather Report’’, Language and Literature. 28 (1), pp. 61-81.

Price, H. & Wilson, J. (2018). ‘Applying politeness research: an introduction to the Soto data’. Journal of Politeness Research, 14 (1), pp.1-17.

Wilson, J. & Price, H. (2018). ‘Courtroom data and politeness research: a case for neo-Peircean semiotics in interpersonal pragmatics’, Journal of Politeness Research. 14 (1), pp. 63-95.

Book chapters

McIntyre, D. & Price, H. (2018). ‘Linguistics, language and the impact agenda’, in McIntyre, D. & Price, H. (eds) Applying Linguistics: Language and the Impact Agenda. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 3-14.

Price, H. (2018). ‘Navigating the peripheries of impact: public engagement and the problem of kneejerk linguistics’, in McIntyre. D. & Price, H. (eds) Applying Linguistics: Language and the Impact Agenda. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 41-52.

McIntyre, D. & Price, H. (2018). ‘Stylistics: studying literary and everyday style in English’, in Hewings, A., Seargeant, P. & Pihlaja, S. (eds) The Routledge Handbook of English Language Studies. Abingdon: Routledge. pp. 327-344.


Price, H. & McIntyre, D. (2019). ‘Language Unlocked: A linguistic consultancy’. Paper presented at Collaborations between Linguistics and the Professions, Lancaster University, 4-6 March. 

Price, H. & McIntyre, D. (2019). ‘Does language use reflect policy change: A diachronic corpus linguistic analysis of payday lenders’. Paper presented at the Anglistisches Seminar, University of Heidelberg, 18 February. 

Selected Conference Presentations

McIntyre, D., Moores, Z., Price, H. & Vice, J. (2018). ‘Subtitling Parliament'. Paper presented at PALA 2018: Styles and Methods, University of Birmingham, 25-28 July.

Price, H. & McIntyre, D. (2018). ''Straight talking money' A corpus assisted discourse analysis of a payday lender'. Paper presented at the 9th Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies International Biennial Conference, University of Malta, 13-15 June.

Price, H. & Wilson, J. (2017). ‘Metaphor, Performance and Comprehension: An Analysis of Tom Waits’ Emotional Weather Report'. Paper presented at PALA 2017: Interdisciplinary Stylistics, West Chester University,19-22 July.

Price, H. (2017). ‘Language Unlocked: Using Linguistic Research in Language Consultancy’. Paper presented at English Shared Futures, Newcastle Civic Centre, 5-7 July.

Walker, B., McIntyre, D., Jeffries, L. & Price, H. (2016). Would o’, could o’, should o’, but did they? Modality in UK Green Party policy documents one year on from the Language Unlocked consultancy.’, paper presented at PALA 2016: In/Authentic Styles: Language, Discourse and Contexts, University of Cagliari, 27-30 July.

Price, H. (2016). ‘The changing vocabulary of ‘mania’: A Corpus Stylistic analysis of the representation of mania in newspapers between 1983-2013.’. Paper presented at PALA 2016: In/Authentic Styles: Language, Discourse and Contexts, University of Cagliari, 27-30 July.

Wilson, J. & Price, H. (2016). “We’re not in a club now”: A Neo-Peircean analysis of the co-construction of appropriate behaviour during a courtroom interaction.’, paper presented at LIAR IV, Manchester Metropolitan University, 12-14 July. 

Price, H. (2015). ‘How is brand identity linguistically encoded? A case study of BrewDog’, paper presented at PALA 2015: Creative Style, University of Kent, 15-20 July.

Price, H., Lugea, J., & Evans, M (2015). ‘Bringing Linguistic Research to a Popular Audience: Babel and Lingo Magazines’, paper presented at iMean4, University of Warwick, 9-11 April.

Holt, E. J. & Price, H. (2014). ‘Laughter in Interaction: Reframing Action’, Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Politeness, University of Huddersfield, 9-11 July.


  • Huddersfield-Utrecht-Middelburg Corpus

  • Huddersfield-Heidelberg Corpus



  • 2019: Santander Travel Grant (with Prof Dan McIntyre)

  • 2018: University of Huddersfield, Researcher Development Fund

  • 2017: English Shared Futures, Travel bursary

  • 2015: Santander Travel Grant (with Prof Dan McIntyre)

  • 2014: University of Huddersfield, PhD fee waiver scholarship

  • 2013: University of Huddersfield, MA bursary

Editorial Assistant: 

Journal Guest Editor:

  • Guest editor, Journal of Politeness Research (de Gruyter, 2018)


  • Member of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain (LAGB)

  • Member of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA)

  • Member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)

  • Member of the Linguistic Politeness Research Group (LPRG)

Visiting Scholar:

  • 2013: University of Leeds

Conference Organisation:

  • Impact in Linguistics Symposium, University of Huddersfield, 17 August 2018

  • ‘Creation and Innovation’, 7th Conference of the International Association of Literary Semantics, University of Huddersfield, 10-12 April 2017 (with Dan McIntyre)

  • Stylistics Research Centre 10th Anniversary Symposium, University of Huddersfield, 26 May 2015 (with Dan McIntyre)

  • Babel Annual Public Lecture 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 (with the Babel Team)

  • UK Linguistics Olympiad Round 2, 18-20 March 2016

Enterprise activities

  • Researcher and Project Officer - Language Unlocked: I worked as part of the Language Unlocked team to interpret vast quantities of viewer response data for the BBC. This project was funded by the BBC. 

Teaching and Professional Activities

I teach on the following modules:

  • Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics

  • Introduction to Stylistics

  • Language in the Workplace

  • Corpus Linguistics