Research

Dr Monika Bednarek

  • Media discourse (news discourse, television dialogue)
  • Language and affect/emotion
  • Evaluation, stance
  • Characterisation
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Discourse analysis and pragmatics
  • Ecolinguistics
  • Stylistics
  • Research methodologies
  • Cognitive linguistics (especially frames/schemas/scripts, conceptual metaphor)

Prof. William Foley

  • syntactic theory from a lexicalist approach
  • the role of semantics in syntax
  • the usefulness of modern syntactic theories in the insightful description of the Austronesian and Papuan languages of the Pacific
  • fieldwork in Pacific area languages, specifically in the Papuan languages of the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, such as Yimas, Watam and Murik, as well as some Austronesian languages like Palauan and Tagalog.
  • anthropological linguistics
  • the Boasian/Humboldtian question of the relationship between language and thought and recent empirical approaches to investigate this

Dr Ahmed Mahboob

  • language teaching
  • teacher education
  • language policy
  • educational linguistics
  • World Englishes

Prof. James Martin

  • Systemic theory
  • functional grammar
  • discourse semantics
  • register, genre, multimodality
  • critical discourse analysis, focussing on English and Tagalog, with special reference to the transdisciplinary fields of educational linguistics and social semiotics