Dr Peter Sercombe
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics
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- Address: Room 3.2 KGVI
School of ECLS
King George VI Building
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
My academic background is in Applied Linguistics and Language Education. I have taught mainly in Brunei, Malaysia, Turkey and the UK. Following work as head of English in a rural secondary school in Borneo (under the auspices of Voluntary Services Overseas), I was appointed as a teacher-trainer with the Malaysian Ministry of Education, during the transition from English to Malay-medium education in the early 1980s. I later joined the Applied Linguistics Department at the University in Brunei, where I built on my interest in sociolinguistics and Austronesian languages, particularly Iban (a widely spoken language throughout Malaysian Borneo) and Penan (a hunter-gatherer language of East Malaysia, that is currently under threat, for a range of reasons).
Sociolinguistics, with particular interest in code-switching, language maintenance & change among minority groups; cultural adaptation; and, intercultural communication.
Knowledge of Austronesian Languages, in particular: Malay, Penan and Iban.
Research into the changing nature of religious beliefs among Bornean hunter-gatherers.
Research into the changing nature of Iban society, with a current transition to a predominantly monetary economy and the sociocultural effects of this.
Co-PI on project studying: Language as key to perceptual diversity: an interdisciplinary approach to the senses, sponsored by: Swedish Foundation for Humanities & Social Sciences @ 1.2 million Euros).
I am currently first supervisor of 15 PhD students, among whom research is being conducted into culture in language teaching, cultural influences on communication strategies, writing strategies, politeness and language and gender. I am particularly interested in students who are interested in pursuing research in sociolinguistics (especially in the field of language contact and/or language endangerment) and in intercultural communication.
Editor, 'The Linguistics Journal'
Consultant (translation [Penan to English] and content validity),
BBC Tribes, Series 3, ‘The Penan, Hunters & Gatherers of Borneo’
Language Consultant: Quest Unlimited Media Productions: ‘Tawai: Indigenous Peoples of the World’ [Translation: Penan to English]; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3638960/
Consultant to British Council: Development of materials for a course, 'Intercultural Fluency'
External examiner of Birkbeck College, University of London's MA in Communication, MA in Intercultural Communication and Postgraduate Certificate in International Field Leadership (2011-2014)
External examiner of Sheffield University's MA in Applied Linguistics with TESOL (from 2011-2015)
Reviewer for Journal of 'Current Issues in Language Planning' (Multilingual Matters), Special Issue on 'Language Planning and Minority Languages'
AHRC project applications
ESRC project applications
FNRS project applications
I have conducted PhD viva examinations at the following universities: Aberdeen, Bedfordshire, Birkbeck College (University of London), Exeter, Huddersfield, King's College (University of London), Lancaster, Leicester, Newcastle, Sunderland and the British University in Dubai.
ASEAS (2011): Field Trip Study Grant to study Research into the changing nature of Iban society (£2,400).
Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research (2012): Grant to collect and study oral literature among the Eastern Penan of Central Borneo (US $10,000).
Swedish RIKSBANKENS Foundation (2015): Grant to study: 'Language and Perception among Hunter-Gatherers' (1.25 million Euros)
I lead the modules 'Language and Cross-cultural Communication' and 'Sociolinguistics', have previously taught 'Language Awareness', as well as contributing to the modules, 'Culture, Interculturality and Identity', and 'Research Methods'.
- Sercombe PG, Young TJ, Ming D, Lin L. The adoption of non-heritage names among Chinese mainlanders. Names: A Journal of Onomastics 2014, 62(2), 65-75.
- Laopongharn W, Sercombe PG. What relevance does intercultural communication have to language education in Thailand?. ARECLS 2009, 6, 59-83.
- Sercombe PG. The Eastern Penan Language of Borneo. In: Shin, C., Harun, K., Alas, Y, ed. Reflections in Borneo Rivers: Essays in Honour of Professor James T. Collins. Pontianak: STAIN Pontianak Press, 2006, pp.1-34.
- Sercombe PG. Multilingualism among the Penan of Brunei. International Journal of Bilingualism 2003, 7(2), 153-175.
- Sercombe PG. Language maintenance and shift: A review of theoretical and regional issues with special reference to Borneo. In: David, M.K, ed. Methodological and Analytical Issues in Language Maintenance and Language Shift Studies. Berlin: Peter Lang Publishing, 2002, pp.1-19.
- Sercombe PG. Small worlds: the language ecology of the Penan in Borneo. In: Creese, A; Martin, P; Hornberger, NH, ed. Encyclopedia of Language and Education: Ecology of Language. Amsterdam: Kluwer, 2007, pp.183-193.
- Sercombe PG, Sellato B, ed. Beyond the Green Myth: Hunter-Gatherers of Borneo in the Twenty-First Century. Copenhagen: Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, 2007.
- Saxena M, Sercombe PG. Patterns and variations in language choices among Bruneians. In: So, D.W.C., Jones, G, ed. Education and Society in Plurilingual Contexts. Brussels: Brussels University Press, 2002, pp.248-265.
- Garner M, Raschka C, Sercombe PG. Sociolinguistic minorities, research, and social relationships. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 2006, 27(1), 61-78.
- Sercombe PG, Garner M, Raschka C (Guest Editors). Sociolinguistic Research – Who Wins? Research on, with or for Speakers of Minority Languages. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development (Special Issue) 2006, 27(1), 1-3.
- Sercombe PG. Errors in English: description, classification, explanation and remedy. Modern Language Journal 2002, 14, 1-20.
- Young TJ, Sercombe PG, Sachdev I, Naeb R, Schartner A. Success factors for international postgraduate students' adjustment: exploring the roles of intercultural competence, language proficiency, social contact and social support. European Journal of Higher Education 2013, 3(2), 151-171.
- Aye KK, Sercombe PG. The Noun Phrase in Standard Malay and Myanmar/Burmese Compared: Pedagogical Implications for L1 Burmese Speakers. In: Boutin, M; Sercombe PG; Clynes, A, ed. Advances in the study of Bornean Cultures and Languages. Williamsburg, Virginia: Borneo Research Council, 2014, pp.217-315.
- Young TJ, Sercombe PG. Essentialism isn’t essential in intercultural education: A case study among international postgraduates in the UK. In: BAAL Intercultural Communication Seminar Series. 2012, Open University, Milton Keynes.
- Holliday A, Killick D, Montgomery C, Sercombe PG, Young TJ. Exploring 'international' student transition through transcultural interaction: perspectives in and from the UK. In: Higher Education Across Borders: Transcultural Interaction and Linguistic Diversity. 2012, Roskilde University, Denmark.
- Young TJ, Sercombe PG. The role of cross cultural education in the adjustment of international postgraduate students to life and study at a UK University. In: International Association of Language and Intercultural Communication. 2012, Durham, UK.
- Sercombe PG, Boutin M, Clynes A, ed. Advances in Research on Linguistic and Cultural Practices in Borneo. Maine, USA: Borneo Research Council, 2014.
- Sercombe PG. Brunei Darussalam: Issues of Language, Identity and Education. In: Sercombe, PG; Tupas, R, ed. Language, Education and Nation-building: Assimilation and Shift in Southeast Asia. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp.22-44.
- Tupas R, Sercombe P. Language, education and nation-building in Southeast Asia: An introduction. In: Sercombe, P; Tupas, R, ed. Language, Education and Nation-building: Assimilation and Shift in Southeast Asia. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
- Sercombe PG, Tupas R, ed. Language, Education and Nation-building: Assimilation and Shift in Southeast Asia. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2014.
- Aye KK, Sercombe PG. The Noun Phrase in Standard Malay and Myanmar compared: Pedagogical implications for L1 speakers of Myanmar. In: Sercombe, PG; Boutin, M; Clynes, A, ed. Advances in Linguistic and Cultural Research in Borneo. Maine, USA: Borneo Research Council, 2014. In Press.