Crayton Walker


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Dr Walker is interested in supervising doctoral research in the areas of:

Collocation and other phraseological aspects of English
The pedagogic application of corpora
Vocabulary and its teaching


Research activity per year

Personal profile

Research interests

My research interests are associated with the study of collocation and other phraseological aspects of English. I am currently using corpus-based techniques to investigate the phraseological behaviour of high frequency nouns and verbs and looking at how these are represented in mainstream EFL course-books.

I am particularly interested in semantic prosody and pattern grammar and how patterning and phraseology in the co-text helps to disambiguate a polysemous item.


I have been working in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Birmingham since 2006. Before joining the University I had a career in English language teaching. I taught English for Special Purposes (ESP) in London, Riyadh and Stuttgart and I was in charge of the English department of a large language school in Germany for over 10 years. I have worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and materials developer and have over 25 years of experience in EFL/ESL.


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