Dr Luke Rudge

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  • Qualifications:BA (Hons), PGCE, CELTA, PhD, FHEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer and Joint Programme Leader - English Language and Linguistics
  • Department:ACE - Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Telephone:+4411732 82920
  • Email:Luke2.Rudge@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, joint Programme Leader for English Language programmes (with Dr James Murphy), and a member of the Bristol Centre for Linguistics. 

For the 2020/21 academic year, I will teach and lead various modules including: 

  • Constructing Language(s) (morphosyntax)
  • English: Past, Present and Future (general linguistics)
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Language and Cognition (psycholinguistics)
  • Making Meaning (discourse analysis)
  • Non-verbal Communication
I am also a Module Tutor on the UWE's PGCAPP programme, mentoring and observing newer members of staff with regards to planning and delivering lectures and seminars. This is perfmored in-line both with UWE's teaching and learning strategy and with AdvanceHE's UKPSF criteria so that staff may apply for various levels of HEA fellowship.


I am currently working on a number of research projects applying various aspects of linguistics to interdisciplinary contexts. These projects include:

  • FUSE: From Utility to Social Entity - the intersection of training, AI and language in healthcare contexts (inter-faculty project funded by the VC ICRF award)
  • Language in the design process (Linguistics and Architecture)
  • "Beyond Intangibles" - how interpertations and descriptions of teaching and learning differ between HEIs their students (Linguistics, HRM and the Academic Practice Directorate)
I am also working on my first monograph, which is an expansion of my doctoral thesis presenting the first ever description of a sign language via Systemic Functional Linguistics (due for completion late-2021).


I welcome applications from PhD candidates working in areas including: visual-spatial communication; multimodality; the intersection of language and technology; intercultural communication and more general aspects of language use in face-to-face and digital environments.

I am also happy to discuss interdisciplinary collaborations that focus on specific linguistic phenomena or on the cross-cutting of linguistic methods and the analysis of language in different fields.

I can be contacted in English, Spanish, French, Japanese, or British Sign Language. More information can be found on my personal website.

Area of expertise

  • Non-verbal, visual-spatial, and multimodal communication (including sign languages and gesture)
  • The intersection of language and technology (e.g. telecommunications, HCI, CMC and immersion)
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics​ (including verbal, non-verbal, and signed communication)


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