Academia and Activism: Direct Action through Discourse Analysis

22 November 2017, Manchester #discourseactivism For some, academia is a pathway to develop personal and cumulative knowledge, engaging in mentally stimulating work. But for others, academic research (and teaching!) is an inseparable component from their personal moral and ethical paradigms. The location of this conference makes the discussions and our subject matter tangible and urgent.… Continue reading Academia and Activism: Direct Action through Discourse Analysis

Lancaster University Corpus Linguistics Summer School 2017 – Day 3

You know how some people go to music festivals like Glastonbury and they don’t know which stage to go to first? Well, today is like that for me.   Nothing short of seeing Rammstein (or insert your favourite band here), Dr Paul Baker lectures on corpus-based discourse analysis. The lecture hall is full and I… Continue reading Lancaster University Corpus Linguistics Summer School 2017 – Day 3

I spy…A dog’s life

In Metro, 14 February, 2017 Animals are the hidden victims of war and violence, a fact often conveniently overlooked. Throughout the history of human conflict, animals have been used as military tools for war. As far back as 3 B.C., Hannibal famously used elephants to help him in his campaigns. Since then there has been… Continue reading I spy…A dog’s life

Lorelai Gilmore: ‘Well, not so nice for the lamb’. Identity of food: Part 1

Gilmore Girls is coming back this weekend and I cannot wait! In my never ceasing effort to demonstrate how linguistics is a part of everyday life, our reality shaping and being shaped by discourse, I found a paper just for you – the die-hard GG fan! But, like everything in life, even GG is not perfect.… Continue reading Lorelai Gilmore: ‘Well, not so nice for the lamb’. Identity of food: Part 1

Socio-what?!

Too often I get asked: Socio-what? (or Socio-wo?, if you’re in London and a master of the glottal stop) what is it that you study again? It’s about time I start to refer people to read it up on my blog and get into the business of…