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Yanyan Li


Hey everyone, welcome to my zone 🙌 ! My name is Yanyan Li, PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick. My research interests cover multimodal communication, conversion analysis, social interaction, and classroom discourse. In my PhD research, I delve into the multimodal interactional processes where peers undertake relationship work in second language classrooms. My supervisors are Professor Tony Liddicoat and Professor Steve Mann.

I am currently in charge of the seminar teaching for Spoken Interaction course and dissertation supervision for MA TESOL programme in the Department of Applied Linguistics at Warwick. I also work as a Facilitator for Intercultural Training programme at Warwick Student Opportunity, an Associate Tutor for Warwick Community Values Education Programme., and a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Department of Computer Science.

Academic Background

  • 2021-present:PhD in Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick, UK
  • 2019-2020:MA in Applied Linguistics, University College London, UK
    • Graduated with Distinction
  • 2015-2019:BA in English Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University, China
    • Graduated with First-Class Honour
    • Awarded as the Outstanding Graduate of Beijing City

Current Research

My PhD project explores in a micro scope of interactional architecture, how peers construct, maintain, reinforce and even breach their relationship in doing multiparty group work in classroom contexts. I mainly use conversation analysis to analyse the interactional data. Meanwhile, I also draw on multimodal analysis to dissect the interactional patterns of vocal and non-vocal activities that influence how participants relate to one another as their interaction unfolds.


  • Senior Graduate Teaching Assistant, MA TESOL Programme (2022-present)
  • Associate Tutor, Community Values Education Programme (2022-present)
  • Facilitator, Intercultural Training Programme (2022-present)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Computer Science (2023-present)

Professional Activity


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