Professor Tony Crowley

Professor of English Language

+44(0) 113 343 4740

Summary: The politics of language, specifically the way in which language constructs, and is constructed by, forms of social power; the interrelations between language and history in Britain and Ireland.

Recent Projects


I currently teach core modules in the English language (including ‘English: Culture, Context and Style’, and ‘Language in Society’), as well as option modules in ‘The Politics of Language’ and ‘Keywords: the words we use and the ways we use them’. I intend to develop a series of modules at the undergraduate and graduate levels that draw upon the research interests outlined above.
I welcome enquiries from postgraduate students wishing to research in any of the areas outlined above.

Recent publications:

Scouse: A Social and Cultural History, Liverpool and Chicago: Liverpool University Press, 2012, pp. xiii + 224.
‘Language and Social Change: a Complex Case History’, in Rethinking Approaches to the History of English, eds. Terttu Nevalainen and Elizabeth Traugott, Oxford University Press, 2011.
‘The Complaint Tradition’, in Historical Linguistics of English: An International Handbook, A. Bergs and L. Brinton, eds., Mouton de Gruyer, 2011.
‘Joyce, Irish and English: the problem of language’, in Joyce: Critical Insights, ed. Al Wachtel, Ebsco, 2013.
‘James Joyce and lexicography: “I must look that word up. Upon my word I must”’, Dictionaries, 31, 2010.
‘The art of memory: the murals of Northern Ireland and the management of history’, Field Day Journal of Irish Studies, 7, 2011.
‘Signs, Socialism and Ethics’, Keywords: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, 9, 2011.
‘”Dissident”: an essay in historical semiotics’, Critical Quarterly, 53.2, 2011.
‘Belfast 1972-1986’, photographs and text, in collaboration with Eric Madigan Heck and Kristopher Banks, Nomenus Quarterly, 13 (‘The Privilege of Living’), April 2012.
‘Class Accent’ (interview), Red Pepper, Feb/Mar, 2013.
‘Abuse’ (Keyword entry), Keywords, 11, Winter 2013.
‘Scouse’ (Keyword entry), Keywords, 12, Winter 2014.
‘The Murals of Northern Ireland 1979-2013’: