Nicholas Groom

Colleges, School and Institutes


I taught at schools and universities in Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, before coming to Birmingham as a postgraduate research student in 2001. I have been a member of staff here at UoB since September 2005.

Research interests

My research aims to make corpus-based contributions to linguistic theory in general, and to the fields of phraseology, discourse analysis, critical discourse analysis and second language acquisition in particular.

I am currently carrying out research on the following topics:

  • The relationship between phraseology and epistemology in written and spoken academic discourse.
  • The language of patents, from the C17th to the present day.
  • Public discourses around secondary schooling in the UK
  • Phraseological development in EFL learner writing

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I supervise PhD and MRes students working in the following areas:

Corpus-based approaches to the analysis of phraseology (e.g. pattern grammar, construction grammar)
Corpus-based discourse analysis
Corpus-based critical discourse analysis
Learner corpus analysis
Corpora in cognitive linguistics
Corpora in systemic-functional linguistics
Please get in touch if you are interested in working with me.