Professor Alison Sealey

Professor

Research Overview

My research is concerned with the interaction between structured social relations, people’s goals and interests, and the part played by discursive patterns in sustaining or challenging these. I often use corpus-assisted approaches to discourse analysis, and work with researchers in other disciplines to explore the potential of these methods beyond applied linguistics.

I am the co-investigator on a project that is researching the discursive representation of animals (http://animaldiscourse.wordpress.com/). This interest arises from a more general concern with the links between language use and social relationships and processes.

I am also collaborating with a political scientist on research into parliamentary language.

Prime Ministerial self-reported actions in Prime Minister’s Questions 1979-2010: a corpus-assisted analysis
Sealey, A.J., Bates, S. 10/2016 In: Journal of Pragmatics. 104, p. 18-31. 14 p.
Journal article

Book reviews and forum contributions in Applied Linguistics - continuity and change
Sealey, A. 09/2015 In: Applied Linguistics. 36, 4, p. 478-487. 10 p.
Journal article

Realist social theory and multilingualism in Europe
Carter, B., Sealey, A. 10/03/2015 In: European Journal of Applied Linguistics. 3, 1, p. 1-19. 19 p.
Journal article

Response to Elder-Vass: “seven ways to be a realist about language”
Sealey, A., Carter, B. 09/2014 In: Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour. 44, 3, 14 p.
Comment/debate

Why did the Canada goose cross the sea?: accounting for the behaviour of wildlife in the documentary series Life
Sealey, A., Oakley, L. 03/2014 In: International Journal of Applied Linguistics. 24, 1, p. 19-37. 19 p.
Journal article

Cats and categories – reply to Teubert
Sealey, A. 2014 In: Language and Dialogue. 4, 2, p. 299 – 321. 23 p.
Journal article

Realism
Sealey, A. 2014 In: The encyclopedia of applied linguistics. Wiley-Blackwell ISBN: 9781405194730 .
Chapter

"What do animals mean to you?": naming and relating to nonhuman animals
Sealey, A., Charles, N. 12/2013 In: Anthrozoos. 26, 4, p. 485-503. 19 p.
Journal article

Anthropomorphic grammar?: some linguistic patterns in the wildlife documentary series Life
Sealey, A., Oakley, L. 05/2013 In: Text and Talk. 33, 3, p. 399-420. 22 p.
Journal article

‘I just couldn't do it’: representations of constraint in an oral history corpus
Sealey, A. 1/08/2012 In: Critical Discourse Studies. 9, 3, p. 195-210. 15 p.
Journal article

BAAL/CUP Seminars 2010: using corpus evidence in the classroom: working with teachers and learners
Sealey, A. 1/01/2012 In: Language Teaching. 45, 01, p. 133-135. 3 p.
Journal article

The use of corpus-based approaches in children's knowledge about language
Sealey, A. 2011 In: Applied linguistics and primary school teaching. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press p. 93-106. 14 p. ISBN: 9780521193542.
Chapter

Probabilities and surprises: a realist approach to identifying linguistic and social patterns, with reference to an oral history corpus
Sealey, A. 2010 In: Applied Linguistics. 31, 2, p. 215-235. 21 p.
Journal article

Researching English language: a resource book for students
Sealey, A. 2010 London : Routledge. 248 p. ISBN: 9780415468978.
Book

Researching ‘real’ language
Carter, B., Sealey, A. 2010 In: Introducing English language : a resource book for students. Abingdon : Routledge ISBN: 0415448859, 9780415448857 .
Chapter

Exploring vocabulary with young L1 learners: the contribution of a corpus
Sealey, A. 2009 In: Vocabulary studies in first and second language acquisition : the interface between theory and application. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 39-58. 30 p. ISBN: 0230206689, 9780230206687.
Chapter

Making connections: some key issues in social theory and applied linguistics
Sealey, A. 2009 In: Applied linguistics in action: a reader. London : Routledge ISBN: 0415545471, 9780415545471 .
Chapter

Reflexivity, realism and the process of casing
Sealey, A., Carter, B. 2009 In: The SAGE handbook of case-based methods. London : Sage p. 69-83. 15 p. ISBN: 9781412930512.
Chapter

Linguistic ethnography in realist perspective
Sealey, A. 11/2007 In: Journal of Sociolinguistics. 11, 5, p. 641-660. 20 p.
Journal article

Corpus, concordance, classification: young learners in the L1 classroom
Sealey, A., Thompson, P. 15/08/2007 In: Language Awareness. 16, 3, p. 208-223. 16 p.
Journal article

Through children’s eyes?: corpus evidence of the features of children’s literature
Thompson, P., Sealey, A. 1/01/2007 In: International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. 12, 1, p. 1-23. 23 p.
Journal article

Languages, nations and identities
Carter, B., Sealey, A. 2007 In: Methodological Innovations Online. 2, 2, p. 20-31. 11 p.
Journal article

An Introduction to language policy: theory and method
Sealey, A. 11/2006 In: Educational Review. 58, 4, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

"Nice things get said": corpus evidence and the national literacy strategy
Sealey, A., Thompson, P. 04/2006 In: Literacy. 40, 1, p. 22-28. 7 p.
Journal article

An International corpus of writing for children in English
Sealey, A., Thompson, P. 2005 Oxford University Press.
Book

Schooling the child: the making of students in classrooms
Sealey, A. 06/2004 In: Educational Review. 56, 2, 2 p.
Book/Film/Article review

‘What do you call the dull words?’ primary school children using corpus-based approaches to learn about language
Sealey, A., Thompson, P. 1/03/2004 In: English in Education. 38, 1, p. 80-91. 11 p.
Journal article

Applied linguistics as social science
Sealey, A., Carter, B. 2004 London : Continuum. 239 p. ISBN: 0826455190, 9780826455192.
Book

Final report to ESRC on ‘An investigation into corpus-based learning about language in the primary school'
Sealey, A., Thompson, P. 2004 Economic and Social Research Council.
Book

Researching ‘real’ language
Carter, B., Sealey, A. 2004 In: Making realism work : realist social theory and empirical research . London : Routledge p. 111-130. 20 p. ISBN: 0415300614, 9780415347716 .
Chapter

Social categories and sociolinguistics: applying a realist approach
Sealey, A., Carter, B. 12/2001 In: International Journal of the Sociology of Language. 152, p. 1-19. 19 p.
Journal article

Language, structure and agency: what can realist social theory offer to sociolinguistics?
Carter, B., Sealey, A. 02/2000 In: Journal of Sociolinguistics. 4, 1, p. 3-20. 18 p.
Journal article

Childly language: children, language and the social world
Sealey, A. 2000 Longman Group. 229 p. ISBN: 0582307791, 9780582307797.
Book

Grammar in the schools: notes from the British front’
Sealey, A. 2000 In: Syntax in the Schools. 16, 3, p. 1-5. 5 p.
Journal article

Teaching primary school children about the English language: a critique of current policy documents
Sealey, A. 1/04/1999 In: Language Awareness. 8, 2, p. 84-97. 14 p.
Journal article

Don’t be cheeky': requests, directives and being a child
Sealey, A. 02/1999 In: Journal of Sociolinguistics. 3, 1, p. 24-40. 17 p.
Journal article

The national literacy strategy: a debate
Bourne, J., Kress, G., Street, B., Sealey, A. 1999 In: Language and literacies : selected papers from the annual meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics held at the University of Manchester, September 1998. Clevedon : Multilingual Matters p. 1-13. 13 p. ISBN: 1853594865, 9781853594861 .
Chapter

Theories about language in the national literacy strategy
Sealey, A. 1999 University of Warwick : Centre for Elementary and Primary Education. 27 p. ISBN: 1901065758 , 9781901065756.
Book

Models of language, models of childhood in the English national curriculum
Sealey, A. 1/03/1998 In: Changing English. 5, 1, p. 69-81. 14 p.
Journal article

"Who do you think you are?": four children’s sociolinguistic strategies in the negotiation of self’
Sealey, A. 1997 In: Children talking: the development of pragmatic competence . Clevedon : Multilingual Matters p. 22-35. 14 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

"Who do you think you are?": four children’s sociolinguistic strategies in the negotiation of self’
Sealey, A. 1996 In: Current Issues in Language and Society . 3, 1, p. 22-35. 14 p.
Journal article

Learning about language: issues for primary teachers
Sealey, A. 1996 Buckingham : Open University Press. 138 p. ISBN: 0335192033, 9780335192038 .
Book

What do they mean?: an analysis of one young child’s language awareness
Sealey, A. 1/03/1994 In: International Journal of Early Childhood. 26, 1, p. 33-40. 8 p.
Journal article

Evaluation of interactive video for school management training: final report to the NCET Steering Group
Galloway, S., Budgen, A., Burgess, R., Hurworth, C., Pole, C., Sealey, A. 1994 National Council for Educational Technology. ISBN: 1853793124.
Book

Evaluation of the NCET spellcheckers project: a report to the National Council for Educational Technology
Budgen, A., Sealey, A. 1994 National Council for Educational Technology.
Book

Language and educational control: the construction of the LINC controversy’
Sealey, A. 1994 In: Accountability and control in educational settings. London : Cassell p. 121-136. 15 p. ISBN: 0304329134, 9780304329137 .
Chapter

Study of professional development in information technology: interim report to the National Council for Educational Technology
Sealey, A., Budgen, A. 1994 National Council for Educational Technology.
Other report

Action research for teachers
Scott, D., Sealey, A. 1993 University of Warwick : Centre for Educational Development Appraisal and Research. 73 p. ISBN: 1871501121 , 9781871501124.
Book

Report on documentary analysis undertaken for the Knowledge About Language strand of the NCC English National Curriculum research project
Sealey, A. 1992 National Curriculum Council (NCC).
Book

The Dazzlers’ dictionary
Sealey, A. 1992 In: Looking into language : classroom approches to knowledge about language. London : Hodder and Stoughton p. 55-63. 9 p. ISBN: 0340573260, 9780340573266.
Chapter

Language in context: supporting authenticity with computers
Sealey, A. 1991 Coventry : National Council for Educational Technology. 46 p. ISBN: 1853791520 , 9781853791529 .
Book

"Where it really matters - ": developing anti-racist education in predominantly white primary schools
Sealey, A., Epstein, D. 1990 Birmingham : Development Education Centre. 73 p. ISBN: 0948838116 , 9780948838118.
Book

Magic words: helping young children to develop their knowledge about language
Sealey, A. 1990 In: Knowledge about language and the curriculum: the LINC reader. London : Hodder and Stoughton p. 45-56. 12 p. ISBN: 0340540109, 9780340540107 .
Chapter

We don’t like talking in front of the boys: classroom talk and inequality
Sealey, A., Knights, C. 1990 In: Education. 18, 3, p. 3-13. 11 p.
Journal article

Cultures or concepts - which emphasis for ‘white’ schools?
Sealey, A. 1989 In: Multicultural Education Review.
Journal article

Words at work week: an alternative to the traditional book week
Sealey, A. 1987 In: Multicultural Education Review.
Journal article

It doesn’t happen here: racism and young children
Sealey, A. 1984 In: Starting together. Birmingham Development Education Centre
Chapter

Working with the under-fives - the multicultural context
Sealey, A. 1984 In: Multicultural Education Review.
Journal article

Working with the under-fives - the multicultural context
Sealey, A. 1984 In: Primary Education Review.
Journal article

Issues and resources: a handbook for teachers in the multicultural society
Phillips-Bell, M., Sealey, A., Sugden, C. 1983 Birmingham : AFFOR. 88 p. ISBN: 090712710X.
Book

Primary School projects, a multicultural approach
Sealey, A. 1983 In: Multicultural Education Review.
Journal article