Personal profile



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

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2009 2018

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

Linguistic ethnography

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

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter

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: Research - peer-reviewChapter

An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

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

Research output: ResearchTextbook

Developing distributed leadership: leadership emergence in a sporting context

Wilson, N. 4 Sep 2017 Challenging leadership stereotypes through discourse: power, management and gender. Ilie, C. & Schnurr, S. (eds.). Singapore: Springer Singapore, p. 147-170 13 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter