Professor Emeritus

philip.shaw@english.su.se

Philip was educated at Oxford, Reading and Newcastle Universities. He received a Ph.D. from Newcastle in 1983. The title of his dissertation was The major derivatives from place-names in English and German. Before doing his MA in Linguistics at Reading he worked in Thailand (Chiang Mai and Nakhon Pathom) for four years. Between the MA and the PhD he worked in Germany, mainly at the University of Bonn. From 1978 to 1996 he was a Lecturer, latterly Senior Lecturer, in the Language Centre of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1996 he was attacked by itchy feet again: he worked as a Senior Lecturer at the Århus School of Business for four years, and has been at Stockholm University, as a Senior Lecturer and/or Docent since 2000, and as a Professor from 2005 to his retirement in 2015. From 2006-2008 he worked part-time as a guest professor at the Unit for Languages and Communication at KTH, the Royal Institute of Technology. In the summer he is interested in birds, botany and butterflies, but only in a dilettante-ish way.

He used to teach courses on World Englishes, second language acquisition, and languages for specific purposes.

His publications include many articles on applied aspects of academic and business English (and some on word-formation) and the textbook World Englishes: an Introduction (with Gunnel Melchers; 2003, second edition 2011). Currently he is mainly occupied on one funded and three ex-funded projects:

  • PROFILE (led by Diane Pecorari, Linné with colleagues from Linné and Chalmers) which examines the quality and quantity of English acquired by doing an MA in another subject through the medium of English.
  • EVA (with Hans Malmström, Diane Pecorari, Aileen Irvine, and Spela Mezek) which looks at students’ acquisition of vocabulary from reading in English while taking courses in Swedish (funded by Vetenskapsrådet 2009-11).
  • AAA project 4, (with Alan McMillion and Spela Mezek) which compares Swedish students’ reading comprehension and processes with those of British equivalents required to read the same textbook and is about to do the same with listening comprehension. (The AAA project, involving many members of the SU Faculty of Humanities, is funded by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Fund 2006-12)
  • and a nameless project (with Tim Caudery and Margrethe Petersen) on accent, motivation, and language learning among exchange students at universities in Denmark and Sweden (funded by Nordplus Språk 2004-2006).

Link to AAA: www.tolk.su.se/pub/jsp/polopoly.jsp?d=13270&a=67181
Link to EVA: www.english.su.se/eva
Link to exchange student project: www.speech.kth.se/prod/publications/files/3123.doc


Recent publications:

Edited  volumes:

Hyland, K & Shaw, P. (eds.) (2016). The Routledge Handbook of English for Academic Purposes. London: Routledge.

Shaw, P., Erman, B., Melchers, G. and Sundkvist, P. (eds) (2015) From Clerks to Corpora: essays on the English language yesterday and today. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press.

Chapters and articles:

Shaw, P. (forthcoming). Preparation of Writing Teachers. In Belcher, D., & Hirvela, A (Eds.). (In preparation). The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. TESOL and Wiley Blackwell.

Shaw P. (2016) Genre Analysis. In Hyland, K & Shaw, P. (eds.) (In preparation). The Routledge Handbook of English for Academic Purposes. London: Routledge.

Shaw, P. (2016). Three types of zoological common names and their formation processes Nordic Journal of English Studies 15(2):171–187.

McMillion, A. and Shaw, P. (2016). Reading proficiency in advanced L2 users. In K.Hyltenstam, I.Bartning and L. Fant (eds) Advanced Proficiency and Exceptional Ability in Second Languages.Amsterdam Mouton, 159 -170

Shaw P. (2015) The development of attitudes to foreign languages as shown in the English novel. In Shaw, P., Erman, B., Melchers, G. and Sundkvist, P. (eds) (2015) From Clerks to Corpora: essays on the English language yesterday and today. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press. 193 – 214.

Mezek, S., Pecorari, D., Shaw, P., Irvine, A., & Malmström, H. (2015) Learning subject-specific L2 terminology: The effect of medium and order of exposure. English for Specific Purposes, 38, 57–69.