Dr Paul Flanagan

Lecturer in English Language


BA, PGCert, PhD, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


I am a lecturer in English Language and joined the university in 2015, having previously worked as a lecturer and Edge Hill University and the universities of Manchester and Liverpool. I am a member of the Association of Linguistic Typology (ALT), the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) and the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC). I am a proficient learner of British Sign Language (BSL) and am a member of the National Deaf Children’s Society.


I am module convenor for EN5314 Roots and Development of English, and also teach on first and third year discourse modules. I am currently developing a new module which includes such areas as linguistic typology, language documentation and revitalisation, artificial languages and BSL. In the past, I have also run modules on bilingualism, regional variation in English, and teaching English as an additional language (EAL).

Modules I teach and/or convene include:

  • EN4302 Language and Text
  • EN5314 Roots and Development of English
  • EN6302 English and Media Discourse
  • EN6310 Dissertation


My PhD and research specialisms are in grammar, syntax, the adjective class and language typology, although I also have considerable experience in the fields of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. I have worked both with English and a range of other languages including Welsh, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Tagalog and Northern Sotho (a Bantu language of South Africa) and produced some of the most comprehensive work in the field of adjective ordering on a cross-linguistic perspective. I am currently working on a book on the language of magic, as well as other projects including adjective doubling and the language of antique dealing.

Published work

Flanagan, P. (2014) ‘A Cross-linguistic Analysis of the Ordering of Attributive Adjectives’ PhD Thesis: Edge Hill University

Flanagan, P.J. (2014) ‘Arcade Fire, Super Furry Animals, Jennifer Lopez and the art of codeswitching’ in Liverpool Echo 11/1/14 [online] available at: http://www.peterguy.merseyblogs.co.uk/2014/01/arcade-fire-super-furry-animal.html 

Flanagan, P.J. (2013) ‘Adjective Stacking and Classification in Northern Sotho, a Bantu Language of South Africa’ Papers from the LAEL Conference Volume 8 pp4-40