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Liz Holt studied Sociology at University of York and followed this with a DPhil in Sociology with the title ‘Figures of Speech: An Exploration of the Use of Idiomatic Phrases in Conversation’. She was appointed to Brunel University in 1990 as a temporary lecturer in Social Sciences and to Huddersfield in 1991.

Liz collaborates with colleagues from York, Leeds and London Universities. She regularly presents at international conferences, such as IPrA and has co-edited a collection of articles on Conversation Analysis for CUP. She has been awarded a University bursary for a research studentship in CA.

She frequently reviews for international journals such as Research on language and Society.

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Research Output

Participation and Footing

O'Driscoll, J. & Holt, E., 2020, (Accepted/In press) The Cambridge Handbook of Sociopragmatics. Haugh, M., Kádár, D. Z. & Terkourafi, M. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Conversation Analysis and Laughter

Holt, E., 30 Dec 2019, The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Chapelle, C. A. (ed.). Wiley-Blackwell

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Special issue of East Asian Pragmatics: Conversation analytic studies of language use in interaction (2)

Drew, P., Holt, E. & Tanaka, H., 17 Apr 2018, East Asian Pragmatics, 3, 1, p. 1-3 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationEditorial

Open Access
  • Conversation Analysis of Humour

    Holt, E. & Glenn, P., 17 Feb 2017, The Routledge Handbook of Language and Humor. Taylor and Francis, p. 295-308 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    15 Citations (Scopus)

    Indirect reported speech in storytelling: Its position, design, and uses

    Holt, E., 8 Jun 2017, In : Research on Language and Social Interaction. 50, 2, p. 171-187 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)