• 17 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
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Personal profile



Nick's main research focuses on the way in which language is used within organisations, particluarly sports teams. His research to date has investigated leadership development, the construction of team identity in sports teams, and the negotiation of local politeness norms and power within a hierarchy.

Nick also carries out research on language variation and change, and is currently investigating patterns of variation in the way the English Definite Article is realised in Australian English.


Nick convenes LING121 Language Myths and Realities, LING219 Introduction to Sociolinguistics and LING332 Culture and Language. He is co-author, with Janet Holmes, of An Introduction to Sociolinguistics.

Research student supervision

Nick is interested in supervising research projects on language and communication in sports contexts, leadership discourse, sociolinguistic variation and change, and sociopragmatics.

Research interests

  • interactional sociolinguistics
  • language in the workplace
  • leadership
  • sports discourse
  • linguistic ethnography
  • language variation and change

Education/Academic qualification

Linguistics, PhD, Victoria University of Wellington

1 Sep 200815 Feb 2012

External positions

Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Dec 2014 → …

Research Associate, Language in the Workplace Project, Victoria University of Wellington

4 Dec 2012 → …

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Projects 2018 2019

Learning 2020

Bosanquet, A., Thackray, A., Ritchie, R., Lane, R. & Wilson, N.


Project: Teaching

Research Outputs 2009 2019

  • 17 Citations
  • 2 h-Index
  • 4 Chapter
  • 4 Article
  • 3 Book/Film/Article/Exhibition review
  • 2 Textbook

Academic success: a student's guide to studying at university

Brick, J., Wilson, N., Wong, D. & Herke, M., 2019, United Kingdom: Red Globe Press. 244 p. (Palgrave Study Skills)

Research output: Book/ReportTextbookResearch

academic success

When we means you: the social meaning of English pseudo-inclusive personal pronouns

Wilson, N., Jul 2019, The social dynamics of pronominal systems: a comparative approach. Bouissac, P. (ed.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing, p. 35-56 22 p. (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series; vol. 304).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

speech act
social function

Book review: Nikolas Coupland (ed.), Sociolinguistics: Theoretical Debates

Wilson, N., 1 Feb 2018, In : Discourse Studies. 20, 1, p. 188-190 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition reviewResearch

book review
book review

Linguistic ethnography

Wilson, N., 2018, The Routledge handbook of language in the workplace. Vine, B. (ed.). New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 40-50 11 p. (Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

Let's Get That Bread

Nicholas Wilson


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Let’s get that bread: How teenagers change language

Nicholas Wilson


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Beyond the Paper Podcast

Nicholas Wilson


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities