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Keith Richards

Centre for Applied Linguistics

University of Warwick

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Phone: +44 (0)2476 575729

Fax: +44 (0)2476 524318


Main responsibility: Director of Graduate Studies

Courses taught: Applied Linguistics (MA)

Spoken English (MA)

Research Methods (EdD, PhD)

Doctoral supervision: Professional interaction and development

Research interests

My main area of interest is professional talk and in particular the relationship between argument and identity. I’m currently exploring the ways in which academic argument is constructed in different contexts and how identity is deployed in the development of this. My recent work has also focused on the ways in which small professional groups construct, reinforce and orient to aspects of their identity and has extended into aspects of teacher identity in the classroom.

I also have an interest in qualitative research methods and in particular the discursive construction of research interviews.

Some recent and forthcoming publications

Professional Talk

Richards, K. & Seedhouse, P. (eds) (2005). Applying Conversation Analysis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Richards, K. (2006). Language and Professional Identity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Garton, S. & Richards, K. (eds) (2008). Professional Encounters in TESOL: Discourses of Teachers in Teaching. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Richards, K. (2006). ‘Being the teacher’: Identity and classroom conversation. Applied Linguistics, 27(1): 51-77.

Richards, K. (2007). Knowing when to ‘ no’: aspects of alignment in professional relationships. In H. Bowles and P. Seedhouse (eds), Conversation Analysis and Languages for Specific Purposes, pp.69-98. Bern: Peter Lang.

Seedhouse, P. & Richards, K. (2007). Describing and analysing institutional varieties of interaction. In H. Bowles and P. Seedhouse (eds), Conversation Analysis and Languages for Specific Purposes, pp.17-36. Bern: Peter Lang.

Richards, K. (2009). Identity and positioning in academic argument. In M. Gotti (ed.), Commonality and Individuality in English Academic Discourse, pp.83-113. Bern: Peter Lang.

Research methods in TESOL

Richards, K. (2003). Qualitative Inquiry in TESOL. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Richards, K. (2006). Love, hate and indifference: The impact of talk about relationships on the interpretation of talk in relationships. UK Linguistic Ethnography Forum annual seminar, ‘Methodological issues in Linguistic Ethnography’, 4 March, 2006, The Open University, Milton Keynes. Paper appears on the UK Linguistic Ethnography Forum website at:

Richards, K. (2009). Trends in qualitative research in language teaching since 2000. Language Teaching, 40.2:147-180.

Richards, K. (Forthcoming). ‘Case Studies’. To appear in E. Hinkel (ed.), Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning, Vol. 2. London: Routledge.

Talmy, S. & Richards, K. (eds) (Forthcoming). ‘Qualitative Interviews in Applied Linguistics: Discursive Perspectives.’ Special Issue of Applied Linguistics, 2010.

Recent and forthcoming plenary talks

‘Aspects of humour in the back region: dimensions of discovery.’ Linguistic Ethnography and Institutions. University of Ghent, Belgium 20-22 September, 2006.

‘Identity and positioning in academic argument.’ Trading Identities: Commonality and Individuality in English Academic Discourse. CERLIS, Bergamo, 19-21 June, 2008.

‘Identity in academic debate.’ Finnish Association of Applied Linguistics Autumn Symposium, 12-13 November, 2009.