John Corbett was appointed Professor of English at BNU-HKBU United International College in September 2020. He served as Programme Director of ELLS from May 2021 until June 2022, before becoming Associate Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. He has many years of experience of university teaching, research and administration in Scotland, Macau and Brazil, having formerly been Professor at the Universities of Glasgow and Macau, and Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo. He has wide teaching and research interests, with numerous publications in the areas of applied linguistics, Scottish literature and the Scots language.
MA (Hons) First Class in English and Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow, 1977-1981
MA in English Literature, University of New Brunswick, Canada, 1981-1982
PhD in English Language, University of Glasgow, 1986-1992: Thesis title: ‘Functional Grammar and Genre Analysis: A Description of the Language of Learned and Popular Articles.’
Other Professional Qualifications
RSA Preparatory Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, 1983
Licentiate Diploma in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, Trinity College London, 1985
John Corbett pursues research in the areas of language education, corpus linguistics, literary linguistics, Scottish literature and the Scots language.
Research Project / Grants
At Glasgow University, John Corbett was Principal Investigator of the Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech project (SCOTS), which received AHRB funding over three years, from April 2005.
From 2007-2010, the SCOTS project was followed by a cognate project on Modern Scottish Writing: AHRC funding was granted for a diachronic corpus (1700-1945) of written language in Scotland. See www.scottishcorpus.ac.uk
While at the University of Macau, John Corbett won two major Multi-Year Research Grants: one to work on a Corpus of Spoken Language in Macau and another to lead a research project on concrete poetry in English, Portuguese and Chinese. The corpus project was successfully completed in 2017, and the research project on concrete poetry resulted in an edited collection: Corbett, J. and T. Huang (eds.) The Translation and Transmission of Concrete Poetry. Routledge, 2020.
John Corbett has taught a wide range of courses at different universities, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including Introduction to Language Study, Language and Society, Semantics, Theories of Grammar, Corpus Linguistics, Survey of Scottish Literature, History of Scots, Stylistics, Discourse and Text Analysis, as well as courses in research writing for students of Medicine and Agricultural Studies.