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Nick's main research focuses on the way in which language is used within organisations. 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  sociophonetic variation in Southern British 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 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

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2009 2018

  • 4 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 2 Textbook
  • 2 Book/Film/Article/Exhibition review

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

Brick, J., Wilson, N., Wong, D. & Herke, M. 23 Mar 2018 (Accepted/In press) United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan. 239 p. (Palgrave Study Skills)

Research output: Book/ReportTextbook

academic success

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 review

book review

Linguistic ethnography

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

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Adapting self for private and public audiences: the enactment of leadership identity by New Zealand rugby coaches in huddles and interviews

File, K. & Wilson, N. 2017 Identity struggles: evidence from workplaces around the world. Van De Mieroop, D. & Schnurr, S. (eds.). John Benjamins Publishing, p. 317-334 19 p. (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture; vol. 69)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

New Zealand

An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Holmes, J. & Wilson, N. 2017 5th ed. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. 538 p. (Learning about Language)

Research output: Book/ReportTextbook