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Dr Stephen Crabbe

  • Qualifications: BA, PGCE, MA, PGDip, PhD, FHEA
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics and Translation (Japanese to English)
  • Address: Park Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DZ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 6149
  • Email: stephen.crabbe@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Languages and Area Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I joined the School of Languages and Area Studies as a full-time lecturer in 2011. I have an AHRC-funded PhD in Applied Linguistics, which I was awarded in January 2012.

I have written a book Controlling Language in Industry: Controlled Languages for Technical Documents that was published in February 2017 (Palgrave Macmillan) and edited a book Current Practices and Trends in Technical and Professional Communication that was published in July 2017 (ISTC Books).

I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since October 2015.

Prior to coming to Portsmouth, I worked in Japan. I regularly collaborate with researchers in Japan from Kanto Gakuin University/関東学院大学 and the University of Aizu/会津大学.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach both classroom based and distance learning students.


  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing to Persuade
  • Starting Language Research
  • Business Communication


  • Technical Communication
  • Critical Approaches to Specialised Translation (revising and editing for translators and Japanese to English translation)
  • Translation Technologies (corpus/glossary building and pre- and post-editing for machine translation)
  • Translation Project (Japanese to English translation)
  • dissertation supervision



My main research interests are in:

  • Written and visual technical/professional communication (both modern and historical)
  • The use of written and visual technical/professional communication for language teaching in Japan
  • Tattoos (particularly tattooing in Japan and Japanese style tattoos outside of Japan)

I am interested in supervising PhD students in any of the above areas.


Research profile

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