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Dr Brian W King

BA/BEd(University of Calgary), MA(University of Leicester), PhD(Victoria University of Wellington)

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office: M8086 CMC
Phone: (852)34429878
Fax: (852)34420288
Email: bwking@cityu.edu.hk
Brian King's research considers the discursive performance of identities, including ethnicity, gender and sexuality. His work also examines sexuality education, second language socialization, computer-mediated communication, and the social construction of space/place. Focusing primarily on language, his work is located within sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. Methodologically he draws on a number of traditions, including interactional sociolinguistics, corpus linguistics, and linguistic ethnography. He is now interested in pursuing further research in language and gender studies while exploring multimodal methodologies. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada he has since completed degree programmes at University of Calgary and University of Leicester, in which he discovered a passion for social research and discourse analysis. He then received a scholarship for PhD study in Applied Linguistics at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, where he conducted research into sexual agency performance during conversation in sexuality education classrooms. He arrived at City U in 2012 at which point his teaching career had spanned more than 15 years across three continents, with time spent teaching in New Zealand, Canada, and Korea. He has published articles in international journals such as Journal of Sociolinguistics, Language in Society, Language Learning & Technology, Sexualities, and Critical Discourse Studies.

Award and Achievement

  • Sep 2016 “Intersex Orchid Award” Houston Intersex Society. An award for contribution to the intersex community via research with (not on) intersex people.

Publication Show All Publications Show Prominent Publications


  • King, Brian. W. (in press). Styling social identities and refashioning futures: Agency, gender, and performativity in sexuality education. Language in Society.
  • King, Brian. W. (in press). Traversing the erotic oasis: Online chatting and the space/time continuum. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies.
  • King, Brian. W. (Jun 2017). Querying heteronormativity in New Zealand: A case study of transnational Pasifika teenagers in sexuality education. Journal of Sociolinguistics. 21/3.
  • King, Brian. W. (2016). Becoming the intelligible other: Speaking intersex bodies against the grain. Critical Discourse Studies. 13/4. 1 - 20. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17405904.2015.1113190
  • King, Brian. W. (2015). Wikipedia writing as praxis: Computer-mediated socialization of second-language writers. Language Learning & Technology. 19/3. 106 - 123.
  • King, Brian W. (2014). Inverting virginity, abstinence and conquest: Sexual agency and subjectivity in classroom conversation. Sexualities. 17/3. 310 - 328.
  • King, Brian W. (2014). Tracing the emergence of a community of practice: Beyond presupposition in sociolinguistic research. Language in Society. 43/1. 61 - 81.
  • Marra, Meredith. , King, Brian W. & Holmes, Janet. (2014). Trivial, mundane or revealing? Food as a lens on ethnic norms in workplace talk. Language & Communication. 34/1. 46 - 55.
  • King, Brian W. (2012). Location, Iore and language: An erotic triangle. Journal of Language and Sexuality. 1/1. 106 - 125.
  • King, Brian W. (2011). Language sexuality and place: The view from cyberspace. Gender and Language. 5/1. 1 - 30. doi:http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/GL/article/viewFile/17186/13507
  • King, Brian W. (2010). 'All us girls were like euuh!': Conversational work of be like in New Zealand adolescent talk. New Zealand English Journal. 24/1. 15 - 32.
  • King, Brian W. (2008). 'Being gay guy, that is the advantage': Queer Korean language learning and identity construction. Journal of Language, Identity and Education. 7/3-4. 230 - 252.


  • King, Brian. W. (in press). Communities of Practice in Language Research. London:  Routledge.

Book Chapter

  • King, Brian. W. (in press). Language and embodied sexuality. Oxford Handbook of Language and Sexuality. Kira Hall and Rusty Barrett (eds) New York. Oxford University Press.
  • King, Brian. W. (in press). Language, sexuality and place: The view from cyberspace. Queering Language, Gender, and Sexuality. Tommaso Milani (ed.) New York. Equinox. 978-1781794944. doi:10.1558/equinox.30451
  • King, Brian. W. (Aug 2017). Communities of practice. Routledge Handbook of Language in the Workplace. (pp. 101 - 111). Bernadette Vine (ed) Abingdon, UK. Routledge. 978-1138915855.
  • Rowlett, Benedict. & King, Brian. W. (2017). Language education, gender, and sexuality. Encyclopedia of Language & Education, 3rd edition. Teresa McCarty and Stephen May (eds) New York. Springer. 978-3319023441.
  • Holmes, Janet. & King, Brian. W. (2017). Gender and sociopragmatics. Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics. (pp. 121 - 138). Anne Barron, Yueguo Gu, and Gerard Steen (eds) Abingdon, UK. Routledge. 978-0415531412.
  • King, Brian W. (2015). Online writing as a discovery process: Synchronous collaboration. Creativity and Discovery in the University Writing Class: A Teacher's Guide. (pp. 321 - 345). Alice Chik, Tracey Costley, and Martha C. Pennington (eds) New York. Equinox. 978-1781791059.
  • King, Brian W. (2015). Investigating digital sex talk practices: A reflection on corpus-assisted discourse analysis. Discourse and Digital Practices: Doing Discourse Analysis in the Digital Age. (pp. 130 - 143). Rodney H. Jones, Alice Chik, and Christoph A. Hafner (eds) Abingdon, UK. Routledge. 978-1138022331.
  • King, Brian W. (2015). Language and sexuality in education. International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. (pp. 649 - 719). Patricia Whelehan and Anne Bolin (eds) Malden, Oxford. John Wiley and Sons. 978-1405190060.
  • King, Brian W. (2015). Reclaiming masculinity in an account of lived intersex experience: Language, desire, and embodied knowledge. Language and Masculinities: Performances, Intersections, Dislocations. (pp. 220 - 242). Tommaso Milani (ed.) London. Routledge. 978-1138791961.
  • King, Brian W. & Holmes, Janet. (2014). Gender and pragmatics. Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Carol A. Chapelle (ed), London. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Holmes, Janet. , Marra, Meredith. & King, Brian. W. (2013). How permeable is the formal-informal boundary at work? An ethnographic account of the role of food in workplace discourse. Culinary Linguistics: The Chef's Special. (pp. 217 - 235). Amsterdam. John Benjamins. 9789027202932. doi:10.1075/clu.10.08hol
  • King, Brian W. (2009). Building and analysing corpora of computer-mediated communication. Contemporary Corpus Linguistics. (pp. 301 - 320). Paul Baker (ed.) London. Continuum.

External Services

Public Service

  • 2010 - Now, Trustee, Intersex Trust Aotearoa New Zealand (ITANZ).New Zealand.

Professional Activity

  • 2017 - Now, Book Reviews Editor, Language in Society (journal).
  • 2017 - Now, Editorial Board Member, Journal of Language and Sexuality.
  • 2016 - Now, Member of Conference Committee (IPrA 16), 16th International Pragmatics Association Conference (2019).Hong Kong.
  • 2015 - 2016, Conference Chair (IGALA 9), 9th International Gender and Language Association Conference.Hong Kong.
  • 2013 - Now, Editorial Board Member, Gender & Language (journal).
  • 2012 - Now, Advisory Council, International Gender and Language Association (IGALA).

Service in CityU

Administrative Assignment

  • 2017 - Now, Bachelor of Arts in English Language Studies, Program Leader.
  • 2016 - Now, Department of English Study Tour, Coordinator and Examiner.
  • 2014 - 2017, Bachelor of Arts in English Language Studies, Deputy Program Leader.
  • 2014 - 2015, Department of English Student Internship Programme, Co-Director.

Research / Thesis Supervision

  • 2016 - Now, Supervisor of PhD - Kaixi Wang: Metapragmatics of the closet among Chinese lesbians.
  • 2015 - Now, Supervisor of PhD - Maritza Ortega Pérez: Corpus-based study of teacher English in Chile.
  • 2015 - 2016, COMPLETED, Supervisor of PhD - Sreedhevi Iyer: Author identity & authenticity.
  • 2014 - 2017, 14 MAES students (14 COMPLETED), MA Dissertation (discourse analysis topics).
  • 2014 - 2017, COMPLETED, Supervisor of PhD - Benedict Rowlett: Language learning and sexuality in Cambodia.
  • 2014 - 2016, COMPLETED, Supervisor of PhD - Sylvia Lin Shuyang: Critical thinking and student dispositions in doctoral studies.

Teaching Service

  • 2017 - Now, Undergraduate, EN 2720 - Persuasive Writing.
  • 2015 - 2017, Undergraduate, EN 2719: English in Society.
  • 2014 - Now, Graduate, EN 5491: Discourse Analysis.
  • 2013 - 2016, Undergraduate, CLA 1401/1402: Re-Imagining English.
  • 2013 - 2016, Undergraduate, EN 3511: Professional Communication Internship.
  • 2013 - 2016, Undergraduate, EN 4571: Creative Professions Internship.
  • 2012 - 2017, Undergraduate, EN 2711: The Structure of English.
  • 2012 - 2014, Undergraduate, EN 2848: Language and Digital Media.

Potential PhD Supervision Projects

  • Brian King is interested in supervising research students in the following areas:

    discourse studies, sociolinguistic studies, language and gender/sexuality, queer linguistics, language and digital media (especially online chat and Web 2.0), language learning and gender/sexuality, language and sexuality education, language and space/place, linguistic landscapes, collaborative online writing, computer-mediated communication.

Last update date : 06 May 2017