Mike Pearce

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Education & Society - Humanities

University of Sunderland

Critical discourse analysis, Corpus linguistics, Perceptual dialectology

After acquiring degrees from Kent and Edinburgh, Michael taught English as a foreign language in Europe and South East Asia. He did a PGCE and worked as a secondary school teacher in the UK and South America. While waiting for a bus in Bogotá, he decided to pursue doctoral research and ended up at the school of English, University of Leeds, where he secured his first academic post. His PhD was not in dialectology, but the great tradition of dialect scholarship at Leeds must have had some effect on him, because after arriving in Sunderland in 2004 he began to develop a keen interest in linguistic variation within the North East, and perceptual dialectology is now one of his main research interests, alongside corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis.

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  1. 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 978-3-11-044865-8
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Pearce, Michael (2009) A Perceptual Dialect Map of North East England. Journal of English Linguistics, 37 (2). pp. 162-192. ISSN 0075-4242
  5. Pearce, Michael (2011) Exploring a Perceptual Dialect Boundary in North East England. Dialectologia et Geolinguistica, 19 (1). pp. 3-22. ISSN 0942-4040
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Pearce, Michael (2012) Folk accounts of dialect differences in Tyne and Wear. Dialectologia et Geolinguistica, 20 (1). pp. 5-25. ISSN 0942-4040
  9. 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
  10. Pearce, Michael (2005) Informalization in UK Party Election Broadcasts 1966-1997. Language and Literature, 14 (1). pp. 65-90. ISSN 0963-9470