Professor Nikolas Coupland
Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean (Research & Development)
Professor Nikolas Coupland was for many years Director of the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University.
He was founding editor, with Allan Bell, of the Journal of Sociolinguistics, published by Blackwell. With Adam Jaworski he edits the Oxford University Press book series, Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics.
Nik was formerly a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Department of Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney.
He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate at Copenhagen University in November 2011 in recognition of distinguished career service to Sociolinguistics.
Nik has been appointed as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Sociolinguistics at UTS since June 2012.
Sociolinguistics, including sociolinguistic theory, the sociolinguistics of Wales, language and globalisation, speech style and social identity, intergenerational talk, the social meaning of numbers.
He has published more than 15 books and 150 articles and chapters on wide-ranging aspects of sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and human communication.
He directed a 4-year, ESRC-funded research programme on 'Communication and the Elderly' (with Howard Giles) and, in its later stages, a six-year programme, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, on ‘Language and Global Communication’ (originally directed by Theo van Leeuwen). He has served as a member of the (UK) Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Grants Board and was for many years an ESRC PhD studentship application assessor.