Staff profile

Dr Cara Penry Williams

Lecturer in English Language


English, Creative Writing and Publishing


College of Arts, Humanities and Education




Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Lecturer in English Language. As well as teaching undergraduate students, I research topics in sociolinguistics and discourse analysis.

Teaching responsibilities

Currently, I am the module leader for:

In addition, I co-teach or teach parts of other English Language modules with my colleagues.

I am available for PhD supervision on topics related to my expertise (see my research interests and recent publications). I am currently DoS on one PhD project.

Research interests

My research includes studies of English looking at interactional functions of pragmatic markers such as sort of and and stuff like that. I also study everyday discussions of language variation and the ideologies behind these. I look at how these relate to social meanings of language use and interactional or local ethnographic identities.

A lot of my research focuses on describing and understanding Australian English.

Recently, I have been considering the relationships between language and violence, exploring different ways linguistics can contribute to understanding these.


International experience

I previously taught linguistics at La Trobe University, and linguistics, academic skills and applied linguistics at the University of Melbourne (both in Melbourne, Australia).

Recent publications

See some of my recent publications via the University of Derby Online Research Archive. For a full listing of my research activities and co-authors, see my or ResearchGate profile (these are direct links to my profiles).