Dr Dawn Knight
Senior Lecturer

  • Email: dawn.knight@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5436
  • Address: Room 2.04A
    School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences
    King George VI Building
    Newcastle University
    Queen Victoria Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU

Background: 

Dawn is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics.

Qualifications:

BA in English Studies, The University of Nottingham (2003)
MA in Applied Linguistics, The University of Nottingham (2004)
PhD in Applied Linguistics, The University of Nottingham (2009)

Previous positions:

From 2005-2011 Dawn worked on the ESRC funded DReSS (Digital Records for eSocial Science) interdisciplinary project involving a team of academic researchers from the Schools of Psychology, Computer Science, English Studies and the Mixed Reality Lab at The University of Nottingham (see 'research' for more information).

Positions of responsibility:

  • Research Assistant for CRAL (The Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics) at Nottingham University (2005 - current)
  • Research Assistant for IVACS (Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies), a research group involving members from Mary Immaculate College, the University of Limerick and the University of Nottingham (2005 - current)
  • BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics) Postgraduate Development & Liaison Officer (2007-2009)
  • BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics) Meetings Secretary (2010 - 2013)
  • BAAL (British Association for Applied Linguistics) Secretary (2013 - current)
  • Director of Excellence for Learning and Teaching (DELT) for ECLS (2013 - current)
  • EC member, CRiLLS (Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences, 2011- present)
  • Member, AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics, 2004-present)
  • Member, Language Teaching and Technology; E-Learning; Language Learning and Teaching and iLaB (ICT) research clusters (2012-present)

Dawn was the assistant organiser for the IVACS (Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies) 2006 and 2014 conferences (held at the University of Nottingham at Newcastle University respectively), and assistant organiser of the CLARET corpus workshop (Corpus Linguistics Advanced Research Education and Training) held at the University of Nottingham in 2008. She also organised and convened the 'Applied Methodologies in Applied Linguistics' PG workshop at BAAL 2008 and the 'What next?.....' life after an MA and/or PhD' workshop held at BAAL 2009.

School and University committee memberships:

  • SLTSEC (School Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee - Chair): 2013+
  • FLTSEC (Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee): 2013+
  • DELT Forum: 2013+
  • University Appeals Panel: 2014+
  • SMG (School Management Group): 2013+
  • SRC (School Research Committee): 2013-2014

Research interests:

Dawn’s current research interests lie predominantly in the areas of corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, lexico-grammar, learning and (mobile) technology, multimodality and the socio-linguistic contexts of communication. The main contribution of her work has been to pioneer the development of a new research area in applied linguistics: multimodal corpus-based discourse analysis. This has included the introduction of a novel methodological approach to the analysis of the relationships between language and gesture-in-use based on large-scale real-life records of interaction (corpora). This area of enquiry marks a significant movement from traditional approaches to the analysis of corpora, which focus on examining patterns of behaviours using mono-modal, text-based records of interaction. Dawn has published a single-authored monograph entitled ‘Multimodality and Active Listenership’ (2011) and a range of single-authored and collaborative articles/chapters based on this work and have presented related work at over 30 national and international conferences.

Prior to her arrival in Newcastle, Dawn worked on a range of ESRC, EPSRC and AHRC-funded collaborative, inter-disciplinary projects. She has identified a niche in the field of Applied Linguistics which brings together corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics and multimodality as a means of furthering our understanding of face-to-face human interaction and is focused on examining new ways of researching interaction through the combination of these approaches.

Her current work, in collaboration with the Culture Lab pilots the use of technology to capture gestures and embodied actions as they occur in naturally occurring discourse. This study enables researchers to produce, for the first time, digital records of real-life communication that are not only naturalistic but accurate, detailed and high in quality. This is something that has been difficult to achieve in the past and therefore marks a significant methodological development in the field. Dawn has been invited to give three keynotes papers based on this work. Dawn is also working with the Culture Lab on developing methodological and technical frameworks for crowdsourcing data collection for corpus compilation.

Other collaborative projects Dawn is involved in include work with the Cambridge University Press (CUP) on the English Profile (EP) Project, a large, international and interdisciplinary study which will have consequences for the ways in which languages are taught and tested, and NUCASE, the Newcastle University Corpus of Academic Spoken English (with staff from Newcastle University), a 1 million word corpus which will be used to research and enhance approaches to small group teaching across the University. From 2011-present, she have also been heavily involved in the construction of CANELC, the Cambridge and Nottingham e-Language Corpus (working with CUP and staff from the University of Nottingham), the first large-scale corpus of digital discourse.

Research dissemination:

KEYNOTE PAPERS:

  • Knight, D. and Murphy, B. (2014). Exploring the meta in 'meta-data': corpus investigations in sociolinguistic contexts. Invited keynote presentation at IVACS 2014, 13/6/14, Newcastle University.
  • Knight, D. (2013). A corpus-based approach to Digital Discourse. Invited keynote presentation at the BAAL Language and New Media SIG event ‘Research Methods and Approaches for Analysing Social Media’, 22/11/13, Leicester University.
  • Knight, D. (2013). A corpus-based approach to Digital Discourse. Invited keynote presentation at the BAAL Language and New Media SIG event ‘Research Methods and Approaches for Analysing Social Media’, 22/11/13, Leicester University.
  • Knight, D. (2013). Record – Transcribe – Code – Analyse: Tackling Multimodal Data. Invited keynote presentation at the annual Newcastle University ECLS Postgraduate Conference, 20/6/13, Newcastle University.
  • Knight, D. (2013). Recording and analysing real-life interaction ‘in the wild’. Invited keynote presentation at the Cardiff School of English PhD Applied Linguistics (Lexical Studies) Annual conference, 21/3/13, Cardiff University, Wales, UK.
  • Knight, D. (2013). Gesture and talk ‘in the wild’. Invited keynote presentation at the BAAL Corpus Linguistics SIG event Building and Mining Small Specialised Corpora”. Edinburgh, 22/2/13.
  • Carter, R. and Knight, D. (2012). CANELC – The Cambridge and Nottingham eLanguage Corpus. Invited keynote presentation at the ELT Insights Seminar, 24/1/13, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
  • Knight, D. and Adolphs, S. (2011). Multimodal Corpora for Sign Language Research. Invited keynote presentation at the 2nd Symposium in Applied Sign Linguistics. “Documenting Sign Languages for Learning and Teaching Purposes”. Bristol, June 2011. 
  • Knight, D. (2011). Mobile and Location-based Data: Capture, Representation and Analysis. Paper presented at the CAQDAS digital social research showcase event, 23rd March 2011, Oxford, UK.

CONFERENCE PAPERS, WORKSHOPS, POSTERS AND DEMO PRESENTATIONS:

  • Adolphs, S. and Knight, D. (2014). Capturing Formulaic Sequences 'in the wild'. Paper presented as part of the New Insights into the Acquisition, Assessment and Pedagogy of Formulaic Language colloquium held at the American Association for Applied Linguistics conference, 23/3/14, Portland, Oregon.
  • Knight, D. (2013). Gesture and talk ‘in the wild’. Paper presented at the American Association for Applied Linguistics 2013 Conference (AAAL), March 2013, Dallas, Texas.
  • Knight, D. (2012). Gesture and talk ‘in the wild’. Paper presented at the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) annual meeting, September 2012, Southampton University.
  • Adolphs, S. and Knight, D. (2012). Formality and professional discourse in online contexts. Paper presented at the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) annual meeting, September 2012, Southampton University.
  • Knight, D. and Adolphs, S. (2012). CANELC: Cambridge and Nottingham eLanguage Corpus. Paper presented at the Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) symposium, January 2012, Cambridge University.
  • Walsh, S. and Knight, D. (2012). Investigating small group teaching in a higher education context. Paper presented at the CUP English Profile Seminar, February 2012, Cambridge University.
  • Knight, D. and Adolphs, S. (2012). CANELC: Cambridge and Nottingham eLanguage Corpus. Paper presented at the Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) symposium, January 2012, Cambridge University.
  • Knight, D. and Walsh, S. (2012). Investigating small group teaching in a higher education context. Paper presented at the Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) symposium, January 2012, Cambridge University.
  • Knight, D., Mullany, L., Adolphs, S., Harvey, K., Hunt, D., Smith, C. and Atkins, S. (2011). New Developments in multi-modal Corpus Analysis. Paper presented at World Congress of Applied Linguistics (AILA), August 2011, Beijing, China.
  • Knight, D. And Adolphs, S. (2011). Experiencing space and place: A multi-modal corpus approach. Paper presented at the BAAL annual conference, September 2011, Bristol UWE.
  • Knight, D. and Adolphs, S. (2010). Space, place and SMS: capturing context and network in multimodal corpus development. Paper presented at the BAAL annual conference, September 2010, Edinburgh.
  • Adolphs, S., Carter, R. and Knight, D. (2010). Second phase multi-modal corpora: Heterogeneous datasets for linguistic analysis. Paper delivered at the 5th Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) conference, June 2010, University of Edinburgh.
  • Knight, D., Tennent, P., Adolphs, S. and Carter, R. (2010). Developing heterogeneous corpora using the Digital Replay System (DRS). Paper delivered at the LREC 2010 (Language Resources Evaluation Conference) Workshop on Multimodal Corpora: Advances in Capturing, Coding and Analyzing Multimodality, May 2010, Giessen, Germany.
  • Knight, D., Carter, R. and Adolphs, S. (2010). Corpora and context: A discussion of ‘Thrill’. Paper presented at the 31st ICAME conference, May 2010, Giessen University, Germany.
  • Knight, D. (2010). Language, Corpora and Context: A 'Thrilling' Case Study. Paper presented at the IVACS Annual Research Symposium, January 2010, University of Leeds.
  • Adolphs, S. and Knight, D. (2009). Language, Corpus and Context: Record, represent and replay. Presentation delivered as part of the Second and Foreign Language Pedagogy Seminar Series, October 2009, School of Education, Nottingham University.
  • Carter, R., Adolphs, S. and Knight, D. (2009). Language, Corpus and Context: ubiquitous computing and corpus development. Paper delivered at the BAAL annual conference, September 2009, Newcastle.
  • Knight, D., Adolphs, S., Carter, R. and Tennent, P. (2009). A multi-modal approach to the construction and analysis of spoken corpora. A two-hour workshop co-ordinated at the Corpus Linguistics 2009 conference, July 2009, Liverpool University.
  • Knight, D. (2009). Collecting and collating heterogeneous datasets for multi-modal corpora. Paper be presented at the Corpus Linguistics 2009 conference, July 2009, Liverpool University.
  • Adolphs, S., Carter, R. Knight, D., Brundell, P. and Tennent, P. (2009). Constructing and interrogating linguistic corpora using heterogeneous datasets. A two-hour workshop co-ordinated at the 5th International Conference on e-Social Science (ICeSS), Cologne, June 2009.
  • Adolphs, S., Knight, D. and Carter, R. (2009). Redefining context in communication: a multi-modal perspective. Paper presented at the 30th ICAME conference, May 2009, Lancaster University.
  • Knight, D., Adolphs, S. and Carter, R. (2009). Multi-modal corpus construction and analysis. Poster presented at the 30th ICAME conference, May 2009, Lancaster University.
  •  Knight, D. and Adolphs, S. (2009). Corpus Perspectives: from production to reception. Paper presented at the Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) Annual Research Symposium, January 2009, University of Edinburgh.
  • Adolphs, S. and Knight, D. (2008). Analysing Discourse Markers: A Multi-Modal Approach. Paper presented at the BAAL 2008 annual conference, September 2008, University of Swansea.
  • Brundell, P., Tennent, P., Greenhalgh, C., Knight, D., Crabtree, A., O’Malley, C., Ainsworth, S., Clarke, D., Carter, R. & Adolphs, S. (2008). Digital Replay system (DRS): A Tool for Interaction Analysis. Paper delivered at the International Conference for the Learning Sciences 2008 (ICLS), Utrecht, The Netherlands. June-July 2008.
  • Brundell, P., Knight, D., Tennent, P., Naeem, A., Adolphs, S., Ainsworth, S., Carter, R., Clarke, D., Crabtree, A., Greenhalgh, C., O’Malley, C., Pridmore, T. and Rodden, T. (2008). The experience of using Digital Replay System for social science research. Paper presented at the 4th International Conference on e-Social Science (ICeSS), the University of Manchester, June 2008.
  • Knight, D. and Evans, D. (2008). Multi-Modal Corpora, Discourse and Gesture. Paper presented at AAAL 2008, Washington DC, US.
  • Knight, D. (2008). Gesturing power in dyadic conversations: A study of academic supervisory meetings. Paper delivered at the 4th Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) conference, June 2008, University of Limerick.
  • Knight, D. and Tennent, P. (2008). Introducing DRS: A tool for the future of Corpus Linguistic research and analysis. Poster presentation with demo, delivered at the 6th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), Palais des Congrés Mansour Eddahbi, Marrakech, Morocco.
  • Knight, D., Adolphs, S., Tennent, P. and Carter, R. (2008). The Nottingham Multi-Modal Corpus: A Demonstration. Paper during the ‘Multimodal Corpora’ workshop held at the 6th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC), Palais des Congrés Mansour Eddahbi, Marrakech, Morocco.
  • Adolphs, S., Knight, D. and Evans, D. (2007). Multi-modal corpora. Presentation delivered as part of the CRAL seminar series, University of Nottingham, October 2007.
  • Adolphs, S. and Knight, D. (2007). HeadTalk. Presentation delivered as part of the Technologies for Enhancing Visual Methods workshop at the 3rd International eSocial Science Conference (ICeSS), University of Michigan, US.
  • Tennent, P. and Knight, D. (2007). Multi-modal corpora: Adapting gesture recognition techniques for linguistic analysis. Poster delivered at the 3rd International eSocial Science Conference (ICeSS), October 2007, University of Michigan, US.
  • Adolphs, S., Carter, R., Knight, D. and Evans, D. (2007). e-Social Science and Applied Linguistics: a multimodal corpus case study. Paper delivered at the New Horizons in Linguistics symposium, September 2007, University of Oxford.
  • Knight, D., Evans, D., Carter, R. and Adolphs, S. (2007). Multi-modal corpus design, construction and use. Paper delivered at the BAAL 2007 annual conference, September 2007, University of Edinburgh.
  • Knight, D., Evans, D., Adolphs, S. and Carter, R. (2007). Approaching the problems: Capturing, coding and analysing gesture in multi-modal communication data. Paper delivered at the Corpus Linguistics 2007 Conference, July 2007, University of Birmingham.
  • Knight, D. (2007). HeadTalk: The development and exploration of multi-modal linguistic corpora. Paper delivered at the Annual Nottingham University Postgraduate Symposium, 2007.
  • Knight, D. (2006). Little old ladies and dodgy old men: An exploration of the representation of old age in everyday spoken discourse. Paper delivered at GLoBE conference, September 2006, University of Warsaw.
  • Carter, R., Knight, D. and Adolphs, S. (2006). Head-talk: Towards a Multi-Modal Corpus. Paper delivered at the BAAL 2006 annual conference, September 2006, University College, Cork.
  • Knight, D., Bayoumi, S., Mills, S., Crabtree, A., Adolphs, S., Pridmore, T. and Carter, R. (2006). Beyond the Text: Construction and Analysis of Multi-Modal Linguistic Corpora. Paper presented at 2nd International Conference on e-Social Science (ICeSS), Manchester, 28 - 30 June 2006.
  • French, A., Wright, M., Greenhalgh, C., Knight, D., Brundell, P., O'Malley, C., Ainsworth, S., Clarke, D. and Tom Rodden. (2006). ‘Replaytool’ software in practice. Poster presented at the 2nd annual international eSocial Science Conference (ICeSS), June 2006, Manchester University.
  • Knight, D., Adolphs, S. and Carter, R. (2006). The Multi-Modal Corpus: Coding and representing data- the issues. Paper delivered at the 3rd Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies conference, May 2006, University of Nottingham.    
  • Knight, D. and Adolphs, S. (2006). Analysing Spoken Corpora: Methodological Issues and Technological Challenges. Delivered at the BAAL SIG Seminar (Special Interest Group: Corpus Linguistics), April 2006, The Open University, Milton Keynes.
  • Knight, D. (2006). Developing a Multi-Modal Corpus: Data Coding Issues. Paper delivered at the Inter-Varietal Applied Corpus Studies (IVACS) Annual Research Symposium, February 2006, University of Limerick. 

Projects

Current teaching responsibilities:

Dawn is the MA module leader and lecturer for 'An Introduction to Corpus Linguistics' and 'Multimodality in the Language Classroom' and is involved in teaching on the 'Research Methods' and 'Task Based Learning and Teaching' modules.

She is currently 1st and 2nd supervisor to the following PhD and IPhD students:

  • Rana Mustafa (1st)
  • Qi Chen (1st)
  • Khadija El-Wakai (1st)
  • Kazuki Hata (1st)
  • Haifa Fareed Abdulmajeed Albadry (2nd)
  • Rezan Mohammed S Alharbi (2nd)
  • Fahad Khalifah Almulhim (2nd)
  • Tugba Aslan (2nd)
  • Nur Nabilah Binti Abdullah (2nd)
  • Roisin Ni Mhochain (2nd)
  • Yun Pan (2nd)
  • Shanru Yang (2nd)

Dawn is also personal tutor and dissertation supervisor for 10 MA students. She has acted as MA dissertation supervisor to over 30 students from 2011 to present.

Dawn is is the DPD (Degree Programme Director) for the IPhD in Educational and Applied Linguistics (which includes over 20 students), and is the current Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (DELT) for the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences.