Before joining the Department of Education at Bath in September 2020, Viola researched and taught at the University of Birmingham for several years, contributing to the development of the CLiC web app and carrying out corpus linguistic research on body language and character speech in 19th-century fiction. Her PhD in Applied Linguistics (Birmingham, 2019) focused on contemporary surveillance discourse in a range of domains, adopting a corpus linguistic approach. Viola also holds an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Nottingham and a BA (Hons) from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). She is Assistant Editor of the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics (John Benjamins) and has co-edited Corpus Linguistics, Context and Culture with Michaela Mahlberg (De Gruyter, 2019).
Viola’s research interests include:
- corpus linguistics and stylistics
- corpus-based discourse analysis
- corpora in English language teaching and learning
- digital humanities