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Ever thought there might be something missing from our understanding of the universe? What if language was that something, a fifth dimension in the fabric of the universe which unfolds itself whenever we think, speak or write? In this book, Michael Cribb takes the reader through a defence of nonrepresentational linguistic idealism and concludes with the notion that language is the DNA of the mind.

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Research Methods for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

For students writing dissertations or theses. Read more here.

It’s Language, Stupid!: Unravelling the DNA of the mind

A defence of nonrepresentational linguistic idealism. Read more here.

to be someone in a language

A photo essay of non-representational linguistic idealism by Michael Cribb. Fifty three sumptuous spreads in full colour narrated and interpreted through inspirational quotes. The book builds on Hannah Arendt’s lamentation that we live in a language, not with a language. Language is the DNA of the mind and in language we experience our existence.

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Slips of the Tongue from the Linguistic Graveyard

One shit, two cunts and a Brexit breakfast!

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As well at lecturing at Coventry University, I conduct research in the fields of Applied Linguistics, English Language Teaching and Second Language Acquisition. I’ve been conducting research most of my working life having started out as a research officer in the steel industry, often climbing in and out of of blast furnaces on Teesside and in South Wales. Those days are long gone now after taking the plunge into Language Teaching in 1990 in South Korea and subsequently Applied Linguistics through my PhD. Of course my current research cannot beat jumping in and out of blast furnaces but then someone has to do the dirty work!

My current research areas include:

Political Discourse

The microanalysis of discourse in institutionalised settings particularly political contexts with special reference to the House of Commons in the UK. The key principle of microanalysis is that through small observations great findings emerge. Use the category link ‘political discourse’ on the main menu to find research related to this field or visit my external blog neutralfooting

Academic Monologue

This research looks at the linguistic analysis of spoken monologues, typically oral presentations made by non-native speakers of English. The challenge of monologues, compared with dialogues, is that the speaker has to package the speech in a more structured and coherent way since the collaboration and negotiation with the interlocutor is largely removed. For many non-native speakers (students of English) this is a massive challenge. I’m particularly interested in how speakers can use suprasegmental features to structure and segment their monologues. Search for ‘phonology’ and ‘oral presentations’ from the categories link above or visit my external website erHelloEveryone

Language and the Mind

I also write and post on the relationship between language and the mind in the defence of nonrepresentational linguistic idealism. How does language construct the way we think and the reality we perceive? Is language the DNA of the mind? Are we language? What does it mean to ‘be someone in a language’ (which is the title of this website)? For posts on this topic, search the categories for ‘psycholinguistics’ or visit the website Its Language Stupid


I also research areas that relate to my teaching such as grammar, phonology, dissertation writing, coherence in NNS.

Header image: the FACING DEATH by RANT 73 /Public domain