Dr Chris Rizza

Senior Lecturer in English Language and Communication

School of Education, Humanities and Languages


Chris obtained his BA in Modern Languages (French and Italian) from the University of Bristol, before doing his MA in Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading. He received his PhD in Applied Linguistics from the Open University. He has been at Oxford Brookes since 2006 and is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Communication. Chris also has extensive experience in teaching English as a foreign language, working in Italy, Japan and Brazil, as well as in schools in the UK.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught


  • Critical Linguistics
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Analysing Spoken Discourse
  • Research Methods for ELC
  • Subject to Discourse


Research interests

  • Discourse Analysis
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Language and Ritual
  • Language and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Multimodal Communication
  • Language and the Carnival


Professional information


Recent conference/seminar papers:

  • 2014 - "The Ripper Documents: a Forensic Linguistic Perspective", Oxford Brookes Law and Crime Seminar Series
  • 2011 - "The Carnival of Verbal Dueling", the American Association for Applied Linguistics; Chicago, USA
  • 2008 - "Speech Act Theory: an Evolutionary Psychological Perspective"; Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • 2007 - "An Evolutionary Psychological Perspective on the Interplay of Language, Rhythm and Dance"; Herstmonceux, England.