I spy on my way to #CADAAD2018… Integration support or gatekeeping?

The Times, 3rd July Although The Times is not my first choice of newspaper, it does provide interesting news and pieces to examine linguistically. Taking a free copy of The Times at Gatwick airport to read on the plane on my way to CADAAD (Conference on Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines)  (on which… Continue reading I spy on my way to #CADAAD2018… Integration support or gatekeeping?

The importance of grammar: A talk by David Crystal

One of the things I realised in the last few months since I started my PhD here at the University of Sheffield is that education and the education system itself are not only about the receiving and disseminating of information (yes, ok, and promoting certain ideologies and more problematic aspects of mass education – but… Continue reading The importance of grammar: A talk by David Crystal

Cinelinguini: Netflix’s unabomber: what’s your ‘wudder’?

Language is such a ubiquitous part of human tapestry, it is almost invisible from everyday contemplation. Unless you are a linguist. So it makes a nice occasion to see some metalanguage in Netflix’s new documentary/series on the Unabomber. The documentary, stretching over 8 exciting and gripping episodes, recounts the investigation and development of what is… Continue reading Cinelinguini: Netflix’s unabomber: what’s your ‘wudder’?

Dear Goldsmiths,

Undertaking a degree of any level is as much about the knowledge and self-development as it is stretching your limits, going beyond your comfort zone, and questioning. Questioning everything you knew and thought about yourself, your knowledge about the world and the way you position yourself, and the way you are positioned in it. My… Continue reading Dear Goldsmiths,

How is Animal Welfare represented on Sainsbury’s website?

“The well-being and flourishing of human and non-human Life on Earth have value in themselves”. –Arne Naess and George Sessions, 1984. My recently completed research took a multimodal approach to the investigation of the way animal welfare is represented on Sainsbury’s website. At first, I wanted to compare four leading UK supermarkets: ASDA, Tesco, Morrison’s… Continue reading How is Animal Welfare represented on Sainsbury’s website?

The Esther Effect: Interactive Frames in the Case of Grassroots Animal Rights Activism

1 June 2017 I had the greatest opportunity to present a recent small-scale project at the 4th International Postgraduate Conference on Modern Languages, Linguistics and Literature at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.  You can read my presentation slides: The Esther Effect- Conference ppt, read the full paper, or watch the presentation video here. “ There… Continue reading The Esther Effect: Interactive Frames in the Case of Grassroots Animal Rights Activism

Positive Discourse Analysis

‘Discourse is shaped by relations of power, and invested with ideologies’.  (Fairclough 1992: 8 in Jaworski and Coupland 1999: 2). Critical Linguistics: a consciousness-raising tool According to Tom Bartlett (2010), in the 70s and 80s the study of texts took a political turn in the UK, with the rise of Critical Linguistics (CL) (Kress and… Continue reading Positive Discourse Analysis