Dr Sebastian Rasinger

Deputy Head, Literature, Language and Linguistics;

Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Language and linguistics

Research Supervision:Yes

Sebastian's research interests are the sociolinguistic and discourse analytic aspects of multilingualism, migration, and ethnic and cultural identities.

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Email: sebastian.rasinger@aru.ac.uk


Sebastian is an applied linguist researching 'the theoretical and empirical investigation of real-world problems in which language is a central issue' (Brumfit 1997: 91). He is interested in bilingualism, migration, and ethnic and cultural identities, as well as the representation of minority groups more generally (linguistic, ethnic, religious, sexual) in public and media discourse, using methods derived from both corpus linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis.

He also has a keen interest in the teaching of research methodology and has written a book on quantitative methods, published in its 2nd edition by Bloomsbury Academic in 2013.

Research interests

  • Linguistic and cultural identities
  • Multilingualism, bilingualism and migration
  • Representation of minority groups
  • Critical discourse analysis and narrative analysis

Areas of research supervision

  • Bilingual and multilingual identities
  • Language and migration
  • Minority groups and media and public discourse representation


  • DPhil, University of Sussex
  • PGCert Social Research Methods, University of Sussex

Memberships, editorial boards

  • British Association for Applied Linguistics
  • Higher Education Academy
  • Asian EFL Journal
  • Journal of Research Design and Statistics in Linguistics and Communication Science

Selected recent publications

Rasinger, S.M. 2019. La Investigación Cuantitativa en Lingüística. Una Introducción. Translated from English by Ana Useros Martín and Gema Sanz Espinar. Madrid: Akal.

Rasinger, S.M. 2018. Constructing Banglatown: Linguistic Landscapes in London's East End. Linguistic Landscape, 4(1). 72–95.

Rasinger, S.M. 2018. 'Quantitative methods: Concepts, frameworks and issues.' Research Methods in Linguistics, 2nd ed. by L. Litosseliti. London: Bloomsbury.

Rasinger, S.M. 2018. (with Mohammed Ateek). 'Syrian or non-Syrian? Reflections on the use of LADO in the UK.' Immigrants, Refugees, Asylum-seekers, and Forensic Linguistics, ed. by Iman Nick. Wilmington: Vernon Press.

Rasinger, S.M. 2016. (with Bettina Beinhoff) 'The future of identity research: Impact and new developments.' Handbook of Language and Identity, ed. by Sian Preece. London: Routledge. 572-585.

Rasinger, S.M., 2014. Linguistic landscapes in Southern Carinthia (Austria). Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 35(6), pp.580-602.

Rasinger, S.M., 2013. Quantitative Research in Linguistics: An Introduction. 2nd ed. London: Bloomsbury.

Rasinger, S.M., 2012. Language shift and vitality perceptions amongst London's second generation Bangladeshis. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 34(1), pp.46-60.

Rasinger, S.M., 2012. And everything is Polish: Narrative experiences of 'new' migrants. The European Journal of Applied Linguistics and TEFL 1, pp.33-49.

Rasinger, S.M., 2010. Quantitative methods: Concepts, frameworks and issues. Research Methods in Linguistics, ed. by L. Litosseliti. London: Continuum.

Rasinger, S.M., 2010. Ethnolinguistic vitality and language use amongst Eastern European migrants in East Anglia. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 31(3), pp.287-300.

Rasinger, S.M., 2010. Lithuanian migrants send crime rocketing: representation of ‘new’migrants in regional print media. Media, Culture & Society, 32(6), pp.1021-1030.