Crayton Walker

Colleges, School and Institutes

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.

Willingness to take 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