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Dr Guyanne Wilson

Email: guyanne.wilson@ucl.ac.uk
Office: FC125
Internal Phone: 33226
External Phone: 020 7679 3226


Guyanne Wilson photograph

Education and Training 

Venia Legendi for English Philology Ruhr University Bochum
PhD in English Philology and Applied Linguistics University of Muenster
MPhil English Linguistics University of Cambridge
BA English Language and Communication King’s College London


Lecturer in English Linguistics since 2009: University of the West Indies, St Augustine, University of Ghent, University of Muenster, University of Duisburg-Essen, Ruhr University Bochum, University of Bremen, Technical University Dortmund

Research associate contributing to compilation of the International Corpus of English 

Research Interests

World Englishes, grammatical variation in World Englishes, normative orientations in World Englishes, English in Africa and the Caribbean, World Englishes in diaspora, World Englishes on social media, corpus linguistics


Wilson, G. 2014. The Sociolinguistics of Singing: Dialect and Style in Choral Singing in Trinidad. Muenster: Monsenstein und Vannerdat

Wilson, G. (in preparation). Language ideologies and identities on Facebook and Tiktok: A Southern Caribbean perspective. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Wilson, G. and Westphal, M. (Eds). 2023. New Englishes, New Methods: Methodological considerations for the study of New Englishes. John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Articles and Chapters in Books

Wilson, G., Zappe, E., Silbermann–Schön, J., Guilliaume, K., Altwicker, R., Tapari, M., Busskamp Castro, A. (2021). #Stayhome: Language in tourism advertisements on Instagram. English Today, 1-10.

Wilson, G. and Westphal M. (2021). Attitudinal Research into Caribbean Englishes: New Englishes, New Methods. English World-Wide 42 (2), 175-199.

Wilson, G. (2020). Variability and acceptability: evidence from Trinidadian English. World Englishes 39(3), 462-479.

Westphal, M. & Wilson, G. (2020). New Englishes New Methods: Focus on Corpus Linguistics. Anglisitik 31 (3), 47-65.

Wilson, G., Westphal, M., Hartmann, J., & Deuber, D. (2017). The use of question tags in different text types of Trinidadian English. World Englishes, 36(4), 726-743.

Wilson, G. (2017). Conflicting language ideologies in choral singing in Trinidad. Language & Communication, 52, 19-30.

Wilson, G. (2022, in press). My grandmother says zed though: British and American norms in Trinidadian English lexicon. To appear in World Englishes special issue on Englishes in the Caribbean (edited by Mirjam Schmalz and Philipp Meer).

Wilson, G. (2022, in press). Language use among Trinidadian-heritage children raised in diaspora. To appear in Buschfeld, S., Schmalz, M., Vida-Mannl, M. and Brato, T. (eds). Children, Adolescents and World Englishes. Berlin: De Gruyter.

Wilson, G. (2021). Language use among Syrian Refugees in Germany. In Meierkord, C. and Schneider, E.W., (eds.) World Englishes at the Grassroots. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Wilson, G. (2020). There’s different types: Agreement in ‘there+be’ existential constructions in Nigerian English in Čermáková, A and Malá, M. (eds.) Variation in Time and Space: Observing the World through Corpora, 257-282. Berlin: De Gruyter

Wilson, G. (2023, in press) Language Use in Peter Ram's Soca Performances. To appear in Farquharson, J., Hollington, A. and Jones, B. (eds.) Creole Language and Music. 155-178. Mona: UWI Press.

Westphal, M. & G. Wilson (2023, in press). Creole and power: A Critical Discourse Analysis of legal cross-examinations in ICE Jamaican and ICE Trinidad and Tobago. To appear in Wilson, G. and Westphal, M. ). New Englishes, New Methods: Methodological considerations for the study of New Englishes. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Wilson, G. (2023 in press). Language and identity in the Caribbean. To appear in The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of World Englishes. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell

Wilson, G. (accepted) Afro-Caribbean and Indo-Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. To appear in S. Hackert (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Caribbean English. Oxford: Oxford University Press


Wilson, G. (2020). Review "Corpus Linguistics for World Englishes: A Guide for Research". Claudia Lange and Sven Leuckert. Routledge Corpus Linguistics Guides. Routledge 2019. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 4/2020, 511-516.

Wilson, G. (2019). Review "Using English as a Lingua Franca in Education in Europe". Zoi Tatsioka, Barbara Seidlhofer, Nicos Sifakis, Gibson Ferguson (eds.) English in Europe: Volume 4. Language and Social Life. De Gruyter Mouton. 2018. LinguistList. (Accessed here: https://linguistlist.org/issues/30/30-1212/)