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Dr Stephen Lucek


Stephen Lucek

Postdoc Research Fellow Lvl Ii
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
01 716 8109
University College Dublin, School of Languages Cultures and Linguistics, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I am an Irish Research Council postdoctoral fellow in Linguistics in the School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics. My research focuses on linguistic competencies and resources of language users in Ireland. This extends to multilingualism, register variation, and polydialectalism. In much simpler terms, I am interested in how users access language in all its forms. Describing the linguistic situation in Irish secondary schools and how the research community can help with policy-making and everyday language problems in schools. Previous to this new project, I have been interested in exploring Irish English from a number of different perspectives. I have worked with Perceptual Dialectology methods and GIS modelling to produce highly detailed maps of dialect areas in Ireland with my collaborator in Trinity College Dublin, Vicky Garnett. We have submitted one paper from that study and are in preparation of a second manuscript for publication. I have also examined the conceptual variation of space and how Conceptual Metaphor Theory can be used to explain linguistic variations that are otherwise opaque. Notoriously difficult areas of language use such as prepositions and idioms are linked to conceptual variation, as my work has shown. I have published several paper from this research. Currently, I am also a co-editor of TEANGA: The Journal of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics. This journal highlights the best of Irish research on language as well as presenting international perspectives on language use, multilingualism, and language policy.


  • Postdoctoral Researcher
    University College Dublin, School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics, Dublin, Ireland1 Oct 2018
  • Occasional Lecturer in Linguistics
    University College Dublin, School of Languages, Cultures, and Linguistics, Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2017


  • Adjunct Lecturer in Linguistics
    Trinity College Dublin, School of Linguistic, Speech, and Communication Studies, Ireland1 Sep 2016 - 15 Dec 2016
  • Research Assistant
    Trinity College Dublin, The Jean Monnet Network European Identity, Culture, Exchanges and Multilingualism (EUROMEC) Project, Dublin, Ireland1 Jul 2015 - 31 Aug 2016


  • PhD
    Trinity College Dublin