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)

Dr Toni Borowsky

  • All kinds of Theoretical Phonology especially issues of lexical phonology in Optimality Theory.
  • The formalization of phonological variation in OT
  • Articulatory phonetics
  • Language acquisition

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 Mambuwan, as well as some Austronesian languages like Palauan, Fijian and Tagalog.
  • anthropological linguistics
  • the Boasian/Humboldtian question of the relationship between language and thought and recent empirical approaches to investigate this
  • ethnopoetics, the specific linguist practices cultures use to create various verbal genres like narratives, proverbs, songs, poetry, etc and the aesthetic value and social role speakers ascribe to these.

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