Dr Deborah Orpin

Course Leader, English Language

Debbie Orpin
Email address: d.s.orpin@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323544 Location: MX103, MX Building Faculty: Faculty of Arts School/Institute: School of Humanities Areas of expertise: Corpus Linguistics, Text Linguistics, Critical Discourse Analysis, Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies


I joined the University of Wolverhampton in 1998 and lecture in English Language and Linguistic studies. Before taking up my post at Wolverhampton, I taught for many years as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and lecturer in English for Academic Purposes, working in the West Midlands area and, before that, in the Faculty of Economics and Business Studies at Ancona University, Italy. I also worked for a period as a freelance lexicographer on the COBUILD project.

At undergraduate level, I teach modules in lexis and grammar, stylistics, pragmatics and discourse analysis. I also teach a post-graduate module in corpus linguistics. My specialist area is corpus-assisted discourse studies. I am happy to supervise PhD projects in corpus linguistics and discourse analysis.

Research interests

My research is in the field of corpus-assisted discourse studies. I am particularly interested in the public understanding of science. My PhD examined the ways in which the risks associated with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) triple vaccine are expressed in a corpus of texts taken from a vaccine-critical website.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Senior Fellow of HEA (2016)
  • Member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL)


  • 2015 PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham
  • 1997 MA Applied Linguistics, University of Birmingham
  • 1978 BA (Hons) German Language and Literature, University of Birmingham
  • 1991 PGCE, Warwick University



  • 'Corpus Linguistics and CDA: examining the ideology of sleaze' International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 10.1, 2005

Recent Conference Papers

  • ‘The expression of claims to truth in a corpus of vaccine-critical texts’, 14th International Communication, Medicine and Ethics Conference (COMET 2016), University of Aalborg, 4 July – 6 July 2016
  • ”Ordinary people”’ and risk discourse: the challenges of disambiguating voices in a corpus of online discussion forum threads’, Corpora and Discourse, University of Siena, 30 June 2016 - 2 July 2016
  • ‘Evaluation as a persuasive strategy in computer-mediated vaccine-critical discourse’, BAAL Health and Science Communication SIG Event, Queen Mary University, London, 9 November 2015
  • ‘Talking about Risk in the MMR debate’, 5th Corpus Linguistics Conference, Liverpool, July 2009

Experience in industry

Professional Experience

  • From 1993 until 1996, I worked as a freelance lexicographer for COBUILD, HarperCollins