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Dr Rachele De Felice

Email: r.defelice@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 3226
Internal phone: 33226
Office: Foster Court 125


Raquele De Felice

Education and Experience 

  • Lecturer in English Linguistics


  • Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, working on the pragmatics of Business English emails
  • Posdoctoral Research Fellow at ETS (Princeton, New Jersey), working on automated identification of speech acts in emails, and on automated scoring of open score content test answers
  • DPhil (PhD) in Computational Linguistics at Oxford University (Department of Computer Science), working on automatic error detection in non-native English writing, using models which can predict what preposition or determiner is most likely to occur in a given context
  • MPhil in Linguistics and BA in English literature, Oxford University

Research Interests

My research is in the field of corpus pragmatics. I analyse large collections of naturally occurring language, called corpora, to understand how people use particular instances of language to achieve their communicative goals: expressing solidarity, making a request, avoiding a task, giving advice, and so on. I focus in particular on workplace emails (such as the Enron Corpus and the Clinton Email Corpus) and spontaneous conversation (e.g. from the London-Lund Corpus 2). You can watch a talk about my research on the Clinton Emails here (aimed at a non-specialist audience): 


Articles and Chapters in Books

Rachele De Felice and Emma Moreton (2019). Identifying speech acts in a corpus of historical migrant correspondence. Studia Neophilologica 91 (2), pp. 154-174

M. L. Murphy and Rachele De Felice (2019). Routine politeness in American and British English requests: use and non-use of please. Journal of Politeness Research 15 (1), pp. 77-100

Rachele De Felice and Gregory Garretson (2018). Politeness at Work in the Clinton Email Corpus: A First Look at the Effects of Status and Gender. Corpus Pragmatics 2 (3), pp. 221-242

Rachele De Felice (2013). A corpus-based classification of commitments in Business English. in J. Romero-Trillo (ed.), Yearbook of Corpus Linguistics and Pragmatics 2013, pp.153-171

Rachele De Felice, Jeannique Darby, Anthony Fisher, and David Peplow (2013). A classification scheme for annotating speech acts in a business email corpus. ICAME Journal 37, pp.71-105

Rachele De Felice and Paul Deane (2012). Identifying speech acts in e-mails: Toward automated scoring of the TOEIC(R) e-mail task (ETS Research Report No. RR-12-16). Princeton, NJ: ETS

Rachele De Felice (2011). Giving advice; Giving opinions; Making commitments; Making requests; Negotiating. In S. O'Shea et al. (Eds.), Cambridge Business English Dictionary. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Rachele De Felice and Stephen G Pulman (2009). Automatic detection of preposition errors in learner writing. CALICO Journal 26(3) (Special Issue of the 2008 CALICO Workshop on Automatic Analysis of Learner Language) 

Rachele De Felice and Stephen G Pulman (2008). A classifier-based approach to preposition and determiner error correction in L2 English. Proceedings of COLING, Manchester, United Kingdom 

Rachele De Felice and Stephen G Pulman (2007). Automatically acquiring models of preposition use. Proceedings of the ACL-07 Workshop on Prepositions, Prague, Czech Republic 

Rachele De Felice and Stephen G Pulman (2006). Using clustering to improve adjective selection in English adjective-noun pairs. Proceedings of the XL Conference of the Societa' di Linguistica Italiana, Vercelli, Italy

Book reviews and other work can be found on my Google Scholar profile