Lancaster University Corpus Linguistics Summer School Day 1

27 June 2017 This week, I have been privileged enough to attend the Lancaster University Corpus Linguistics Summer School for Language Studies. What does that mean? Well, here’s what LU has to say: Corpus Linguistics for Language Studies is aimed at students studying Linguistics or Language studies, who want to develop skills in corpus methods.… Continue reading Lancaster University Corpus Linguistics Summer School Day 1

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

4th International Postgraduate Conference on Modern Foreign Languages, Linguistics and Literature

1 June 2017 Today, 1st June, the Linguini attended and presented a paper at the 4th International Postgraduate Conference on Modern Foreign Languages, Linguistics and Literature at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. Thanks to Marco Condorelli and his helpful team, the event was teeming with engaging presentations from international young researchers followed by… Continue reading 4th International Postgraduate Conference on Modern Foreign Languages, Linguistics and Literature

Specialinguini reporting: The Stories We Live By – A Lecture by Dr Arran Stibbe

12 April 2017 The Environmental Humanities in Bath Spa University, a vibrant and passionate department led by Professor Kate Rigby, organised a fascinating opportunity to listen to Dr Arran Stibbe, founder of the International Ecolinguistics Association giving a lecture on his new free online course in Ecolinguistics: The Stories We Live By, also the title… Continue reading Specialinguini reporting: The Stories We Live By – A Lecture by Dr Arran Stibbe

I spy… 2017: The year of the chicken?

In Geographical Magazine of the Royal Geographical Society, April 2017 We can feed more people with fewer resources by eating plant foods directly instead of harvesting crops and feeding them to farm animals. We can sustain ourselves and lighten our ecological footprint, while minimizing harm to wildlife, by eating plants instead of animals. -GENE BAUR,… Continue reading I spy… 2017: The year of the chicken?

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

I spy… War creates life?

In New Scientist, 11 March 2017 The New Scientist reports a finding of rare aquatic life discovered in Hungary, in a crater formed by a bomb from the second world war. In this reporting we can find discourse that reinforces human supremacy and does not contribute towards creating ecologically driven stories that promote the construction of… Continue reading I spy… War creates life?