Dr Monika Bednarek

Habilitation, PhD, Magister Artium (Augsburg)
Senior Lecturer
Library Liaison and Digitisation Officer
Chair of Department (2014)

F12 - Transient Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9036 7201

Biographical details

Dr Monika Bednarek joined the Department of Linguistics after gaining her PhD at the University of Augsburg, Germany, in 2005 and extensive post-doctoral research at the University of Sydney (2006-2008) and the University of Technology, Sydney (2008-2009). This research focused, respectively, on evaluative language in the 'popular' vs. the 'quality' press, emotion talk across registers of English, and, most recently, the language of fictional television (see publications below).

Monika's research interests include topics in the areas of corpus linguistics, eco-linguistics, discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, cognitive linguistics, and, more specifically, media discourse, the linguistic expression of emotion and attitude, and frames/scripts/schemata. She is book review editor of the international, peer-reviewed journal Discourse and Communication, and a NAATI-certified Professional Translator (English-German).

Research interests

  • Corpus linguistics and discourse analysis, corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS)
  • Language use in fictional television series
  • Language use in news discourse
  • The expression of emotion/opinion through language
  • Language and identity (with a focus on gender)

Research Groups

  • Screenwriting Research Network, Leeds
  • Standard Language Ideology in Contemporary Europe (SLICE), Copenhagen
  • Language & Identity Research Network, University of Sydney (Faculty of Arts Collaborative Research Scheme)
  • Australian National Corpus Initiative

Teaching and supervision

Monika is interested in supervising postgraduate students whose projects fall within her research interests as listed above.

Current projects

  • News values: A discursive approach (with H. Caple, University of New South Wales)
  • Swearing and gender in US TV series
  • A corpus linguistic investigation of language use in 50 contemporary TV series

Awards and honours

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Excellence in Teaching (Design and Practice) Award
  • Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, 2013
  • Discretionary Member, Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, 2013
  • Award of Distinguished Talent visa, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Australia, 2009
  • Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, University of Technology, Sydney, 2008-2009
  • German Research Council Fellowship, 2006-2008

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • Sharing News Online; Dwyer T, Curran J, Martin F, Bednarek M, Hunter A, Crawford H; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2010

  • The Language and Identity Research Group; Rubino A, Bednarek M, Cruickshank K, Djenar D, Jarkey N, Lipovsky C, Mahboob A, Paltridge B, Tsung L, Wang W, Yilmaz D, Zhang Z; Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences/FASS Collaborative Research Scheme.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Bednarek, M., Caple, H. (2012). News Discourse. London: Continuum.
  • Bednarek, M. (2010). The Language of Fictional Television: Drama and Identity. London: Continuum.
  • Bednarek, M. (2008). Emotion Talk Across Corpora. Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bednarek, M. (2006). Evaluation in Media Discourse: Analysis of a Newspaper Corpus. London: Continuum.

Edited Books

  • Rossi, F., Bednarek, M., Piazza, R. (2011). Telecinematic Discourse: Approaches to the Language of Films and Television Series. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Bednarek, M., Martin, J. (2010). New Discourse on Language: Functional Perspectives on Multimodality, Identity, and Affiliation. London, United Kingdom: Continuum.

Book Chapters

  • Bednarek, M. (2014). "An astonishing season of destiny!": Evaluation in blurbs used for advertising TV series. In Geoff Thompson, Laura Alba-Juez (Eds.), Evaluation in Context, (pp. 197-220). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Bednarek, M. (2014). 'Who are you and why are you following us?' Wh-questions and communicative context in television dialogue. In John Flowerdew (Eds.), Discourse in Context: Contemporary Applied Linguistics Volume 3, (pp. 49-70). London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Bednarek, M. (2014). The Television Title Sequence: A Visual Analysis of Flight of the Conchords. In Emilia Djonov, Sumin Zhao (Eds.), Critical Multimodal Studies of Popular Discourse, (pp. 36-54). New York: Routledge.
  • Bednarek, M. (2013). 'There's no harm, is there, in letting your emotions out': a multimodal perspective on language, emotion and identity in MasterChef Australia. In Nuria Lorenzo-Dus, Pilar Garces-Conejos Blitvich (Eds.), Real Talk: Reality Television and Discourse Analysis in Action, (pp. 88-114). Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bednarek, M. (2011). Approaching the data of pragmatics. In Bublitz, Wolfram; Norrick, Neal R. (Eds.), Foundations of Pragmatics, (pp. 537-559). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Bednarek, M. (2011). The stability of the televisual character: A corpus stylistic case study. In Piazza, R., Bednarek, M. & Rossi, F. (Eds.), Telecinematic Discourse: Approaches to the Language of Films and Television Series, (pp. 185-204). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Bednarek, M. (2010). 'With a little help from the corpus': corpus linguistics and EFL teaching. In Mahboob, Ahmar (Eds.), The NNEST Lens: Non Native English Speakers in TESOL, (pp. 325-344). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Bednarek, M. (2010). Corpus linguistics and systemic functional linguistics: interpersonal meaning, identity and bonding in popular culture. In Monika Bednarek, J.R. Martin (Eds.), New Discourse on Language: Functional Perspectives on Multimodality, Identity, and Affiliation, (pp. 237-266). London, United Kingdom: Continuum.
  • Bednarek, M. (2009). Emotion-talk and emotional-talk: cognitive and discursive perspectives. In Hanna Pishwa (Eds.), Language and Social Cognition: Expression of the Social Mind, (pp. 395-431). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Bednarek, M. (2008). 'What the hell is wrong with you?' A corpus perpective on evaluation and emotion in contemporary American pop culture. In Ahmar Mahboob, Naomi Knight (Eds.), Questioning Linguistics, (pp. 95-126). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Bednarek, M., Bublitz, W. (2006). Enjoy! The (phraseological) culture of having fun. In Paul Skandera (Eds.), Phraseology and Culture in English, (pp. 109-135). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Bednarek, M. (2006). Evaluating Europe: parameters of evaluation in the British press. In J. Jenkins and C. Leung (Eds.), Reconfiguring Europe: The Contribution of Applied Linguistics, (pp. 137-156). London: Equinox Publishing.
  • Bednarek, M. (2006). Subjectivity and cognition: inscribing, evoking and provoking opinion. In Hanna Pishwa (Eds.), Language and Memory: Aspects of Knowledge Representation, (pp. 187-221). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Journals

  • Bednarek, M. (2012). 'Get us the hell out of here': Key words and trigrams in fictional television series. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 17(1), 35-63. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M., Caple, H. (2012). 'Value added': Language, image and news values. Discourse, Context & Media, 1(2-3), 103-113. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2012). Constructing 'nerdiness': Characterisation in 'The Big Bang Theory'. Multilingua: Journal of Cross-cultural and Interlanguage communication, 31(2), 199-229. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2011). Expressivity and televisual characterization. Language and Literature, 20(1), 3-21. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2011). The Language of Fictional Television - A Case Study of the 'Dramedy' 'Gilmore Girls'. English Text Construction, 4(1), 54-83. [More Information]
  • Caple, H., Bednarek, M. (2010). Double-take: unpacking the play in the image-nuclear news story. Visual Communication, 9(2), 211-229. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2010). Evaluation in the news: A methodological framework for analysing evaluative language in journalism. Australian Journal of Communication, 37(2), 15-50.
  • Bednarek, M., Caple, H. (2010). Playing with environmental stories in the news: good or bad practice? Discourse and Communication, 4(1), 5-31.
  • Bednarek, M. (2009). Dimensions of evaluation: cognitive and linguistic perspectives. Pragmatics and Cognition, 17(1), 146-175.
  • Bednarek, M. (2009). Language patterns and attitude. Functions of Language, 16(2), 165-192.
  • Bednarek, M. (2009). Polyphony in Appraisal: typological and topological perspectives. Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 3(2), 107-136.
  • Bednarek, M. (2008). 'An increasingly familiar tragedy': Evaluative collocation and conflation. Functions of Language, 15(1), 7-34. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2008). Introduction (to special issue on evaluation and text types). Functions of Language, 15(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2008). Semantic preference and semantic prosody re-examined. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 4(2), 119-139. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2007). Local grammar and register variation: explorations in broadsheet and tabloid newspaper discourse. Empirical Language Research: ELR, 1(1), 1-20.
  • Bednarek, M. (2007). Zur Diskussion feministischer Themen im Englischunterricht am Beispiel von Liedtexten von Alanis Morissette. PRAXIS Fremdsprachenunterricht, 3, 33-37.
  • Bednarek, M. (2006). Epistemological positioning and evidentiality in English news discourse: a text-driven approach. Text and Talk, 26(6), 635-660. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2005). Construing the world: conceptual metaphors and event-construal in news stories. Metaphorik.de, 9, 6-32.
  • Bednarek, M. (2005). Frames revisited - the coherence-inducing function of frames. Journal of Pragmatics, 37(5), 685-705. [More Information]

Edited Journals

  • Bednarek, M. (2008). Evaluation and Text Types (Special Issue). Functions of Language, 15(1).

Conferences

  • Bednarek, M. (2010). Emotion talk and emotional talk: approaches to language and emotion in Systemic Functional Linguistics and beyond. 35th International Systemic Functional Congress ISFC 2008, Australia: Macquarie University.
  • Bednarek, M. (2009). Corpora and discourse: a three-pronged approach to analyzing linguistic data. HCSNet Summerfest ''08, Somerville, MA, USA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
  • Bednarek, M. (2008). Teaching English literature and linguistics using corpus stylistic methods. 2007 Annual Congress of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association: Bridging Discourses, Wollongong: Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association.
  • Bednarek, M. (2006). 'He's nice but Tim': contrast in British newspaper discourse. Corpus Linguistics 2005, Birmingham: University of Birmingham.
  • Bednarek, M. (2006). Sobbing, screaming and shouting? Reporting expressions in the British press. Anglistentag 2005 Bamberg, Bamberg: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

2014

  • Bednarek, M. (2014). "An astonishing season of destiny!": Evaluation in blurbs used for advertising TV series. In Geoff Thompson, Laura Alba-Juez (Eds.), Evaluation in Context, (pp. 197-220). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Bednarek, M. (2014). 'Who are you and why are you following us?' Wh-questions and communicative context in television dialogue. In John Flowerdew (Eds.), Discourse in Context: Contemporary Applied Linguistics Volume 3, (pp. 49-70). London: Bloomsbury Academic.
  • Bednarek, M. (2014). The Television Title Sequence: A Visual Analysis of Flight of the Conchords. In Emilia Djonov, Sumin Zhao (Eds.), Critical Multimodal Studies of Popular Discourse, (pp. 36-54). New York: Routledge.

2013

  • Bednarek, M. (2013). 'There's no harm, is there, in letting your emotions out': a multimodal perspective on language, emotion and identity in MasterChef Australia. In Nuria Lorenzo-Dus, Pilar Garces-Conejos Blitvich (Eds.), Real Talk: Reality Television and Discourse Analysis in Action, (pp. 88-114). Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

2012

  • Bednarek, M. (2012). 'Get us the hell out of here': Key words and trigrams in fictional television series. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, 17(1), 35-63. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M., Caple, H. (2012). 'Value added': Language, image and news values. Discourse, Context & Media, 1(2-3), 103-113. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2012). Constructing 'nerdiness': Characterisation in 'The Big Bang Theory'. Multilingua: Journal of Cross-cultural and Interlanguage communication, 31(2), 199-229. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M., Caple, H. (2012). News Discourse. London: Continuum.

2011

  • Bednarek, M. (2011). Approaching the data of pragmatics. In Bublitz, Wolfram; Norrick, Neal R. (Eds.), Foundations of Pragmatics, (pp. 537-559). Berlin: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Bednarek, M. (2011). Expressivity and televisual characterization. Language and Literature, 20(1), 3-21. [More Information]
  • Rossi, F., Bednarek, M., Piazza, R. (2011). Telecinematic Discourse: Approaches to the Language of Films and Television Series. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.
  • Bednarek, M. (2011). The Language of Fictional Television - A Case Study of the 'Dramedy' 'Gilmore Girls'. English Text Construction, 4(1), 54-83. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2011). The stability of the televisual character: A corpus stylistic case study. In Piazza, R., Bednarek, M. & Rossi, F. (Eds.), Telecinematic Discourse: Approaches to the Language of Films and Television Series, (pp. 185-204). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

2010

  • Bednarek, M. (2010). 'With a little help from the corpus': corpus linguistics and EFL teaching. In Mahboob, Ahmar (Eds.), The NNEST Lens: Non Native English Speakers in TESOL, (pp. 325-344). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Bednarek, M. (2010). Corpus linguistics and systemic functional linguistics: interpersonal meaning, identity and bonding in popular culture. In Monika Bednarek, J.R. Martin (Eds.), New Discourse on Language: Functional Perspectives on Multimodality, Identity, and Affiliation, (pp. 237-266). London, United Kingdom: Continuum.
  • Caple, H., Bednarek, M. (2010). Double-take: unpacking the play in the image-nuclear news story. Visual Communication, 9(2), 211-229. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2010). Emotion talk and emotional talk: approaches to language and emotion in Systemic Functional Linguistics and beyond. 35th International Systemic Functional Congress ISFC 2008, Australia: Macquarie University.
  • Bednarek, M. (2010). Evaluation in the news: A methodological framework for analysing evaluative language in journalism. Australian Journal of Communication, 37(2), 15-50.
  • Bednarek, M., Martin, J. (2010). New Discourse on Language: Functional Perspectives on Multimodality, Identity, and Affiliation. London, United Kingdom: Continuum.
  • Bednarek, M., Caple, H. (2010). Playing with environmental stories in the news: good or bad practice? Discourse and Communication, 4(1), 5-31.
  • Bednarek, M. (2010). The Language of Fictional Television: Drama and Identity. London: Continuum.

2009

  • Bednarek, M. (2009). Corpora and discourse: a three-pronged approach to analyzing linguistic data. HCSNet Summerfest ''08, Somerville, MA, USA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project.
  • Bednarek, M. (2009). Dimensions of evaluation: cognitive and linguistic perspectives. Pragmatics and Cognition, 17(1), 146-175.
  • Bednarek, M. (2009). Emotion-talk and emotional-talk: cognitive and discursive perspectives. In Hanna Pishwa (Eds.), Language and Social Cognition: Expression of the Social Mind, (pp. 395-431). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Bednarek, M. (2009). Language patterns and attitude. Functions of Language, 16(2), 165-192.
  • Bednarek, M. (2009). Polyphony in Appraisal: typological and topological perspectives. Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 3(2), 107-136.

2008

  • Bednarek, M. (2008). 'An increasingly familiar tragedy': Evaluative collocation and conflation. Functions of Language, 15(1), 7-34. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2008). 'What the hell is wrong with you?' A corpus perpective on evaluation and emotion in contemporary American pop culture. In Ahmar Mahboob, Naomi Knight (Eds.), Questioning Linguistics, (pp. 95-126). Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Bednarek, M. (2008). Emotion Talk Across Corpora. Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Bednarek, M. (2008). Evaluation and Text Types (Special Issue). Functions of Language, 15(1).
  • Bednarek, M. (2008). Introduction (to special issue on evaluation and text types). Functions of Language, 15(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2008). Semantic preference and semantic prosody re-examined. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, 4(2), 119-139. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2008). Teaching English literature and linguistics using corpus stylistic methods. 2007 Annual Congress of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association: Bridging Discourses, Wollongong: Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association.

2007

  • Bednarek, M. (2007). Local grammar and register variation: explorations in broadsheet and tabloid newspaper discourse. Empirical Language Research: ELR, 1(1), 1-20.
  • Bednarek, M. (2007). Zur Diskussion feministischer Themen im Englischunterricht am Beispiel von Liedtexten von Alanis Morissette. PRAXIS Fremdsprachenunterricht, 3, 33-37.

2006

  • Bednarek, M. (2006). 'He's nice but Tim': contrast in British newspaper discourse. Corpus Linguistics 2005, Birmingham: University of Birmingham.
  • Bednarek, M., Bublitz, W. (2006). Enjoy! The (phraseological) culture of having fun. In Paul Skandera (Eds.), Phraseology and Culture in English, (pp. 109-135). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
  • Bednarek, M. (2006). Epistemological positioning and evidentiality in English news discourse: a text-driven approach. Text and Talk, 26(6), 635-660. [More Information]
  • Bednarek, M. (2006). Evaluating Europe: parameters of evaluation in the British press. In J. Jenkins and C. Leung (Eds.), Reconfiguring Europe: The Contribution of Applied Linguistics, (pp. 137-156). London: Equinox Publishing.
  • Bednarek, M. (2006). Evaluation in Media Discourse: Analysis of a Newspaper Corpus. London: Continuum.
  • Bednarek, M. (2006). Sobbing, screaming and shouting? Reporting expressions in the British press. Anglistentag 2005 Bamberg, Bamberg: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.
  • Bednarek, M. (2006). Subjectivity and cognition: inscribing, evoking and provoking opinion. In Hanna Pishwa (Eds.), Language and Memory: Aspects of Knowledge Representation, (pp. 187-221). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

2005

  • Bednarek, M. (2005). Construing the world: conceptual metaphors and event-construal in news stories. Metaphorik.de, 9, 6-32.
  • Bednarek, M. (2005). Frames revisited - the coherence-inducing function of frames. Journal of Pragmatics, 37(5), 685-705. [More Information]

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