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Dr Nick Wilson


Dr Nick Wilson Position: Lecturer Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 76049
Extension: 76049
Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff

Research Group

Centre for Language and Communication Research

Research Interests

Interactional Sociolinguistics, Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics, Media Language, Language Variation and Change, Language and Gender, Ethnography, Multimodality, Language Policy and Planning, Celtic Languages, History and Structure of Scots

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Recent Publications

Wilson, Nick. (In Press). Huddles and meetings: The rugby team-room as site of territorial identity construction. In Matthew Klugman, Caroline Symons and Brent McDonald (eds.) The Worlds of Football: Triumphs, Trials and Traumas. Melbourne: Maribyrnong Press.

Wilson, Nick. (In Press). The portable team-room: Discursive constructions of rugby team identity at home and away. In Brian W. King, Jeannie R. Fletcher and Martin Paviour-Smith (eds.) Language, space and place: Performing sites of social interaction. Oxford: OUP.

Joe, Angela, Nick Wilson, Sara Kindon, & GEOG 404 Students. 2011. Assessing the impact of the withdrawal of Refugee Study Grants on refugee background students at tertiary institutions in Aotearoa New Zealand. Research report for TESOLANZ. Available at

Wilson, Nicholas Andrew. 2011. Leadership as Communicative Practice: The Discursive Construction of Leadership and Team Identity in a New Zealand Rugby Team. PhD Thesis, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Available at:
Wilson, Nick. 2010. Bros, boys and guys: Address term function and communities of practice in a New Zealand rugby team. New Zealand English Journal, 24. 33-54.

Wilson, Nick. 2009. The discourse of deputies: Communicating co-leadership in a rugby club. Te Reo, 52. 73-98.


My research focuses on the construction of leadership and social identity in interaction. I have studied this within the context of rugby teams in Scotland and in New Zealand. Within this, I have also focused on the function of swearing, the usage of personal pronouns, and the relationship between language and spatial organisation.
I take an ethnographic approach to the study of human interaction, using the knowledge gained from close involvement with a community or organisation to inform my analysis of their interactions.


Originally from Glasgow, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh. After a few years of working in the hospitality industry in Scotland, France and Ireland, I returned to Edinburgh to complete an MSc by Research in English Language, during which my interest in the language of sport developed. On completion of this I travelled to New Zealand to work on my PhD in Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington, which also focused on rugby and the way in which language was used among players. I completed my PhD in 2011 and returned to the UK where I held a short-term lecturing post at the University of Manchester teaching multilingualism, before coming to Cardiff University in September 2012.