About Dr Caroline Lipovsky

Caroline’s established research and publications concern primarily discourse and/or multimodality analysis of the language of the workplace, the language of the law, media discourse, as well as feminist linguistics and linguistic landscape. Caroline welcomes graduate students in any of these areas.

Caroline has taught French language and culture at all levels in a range of institutions in South Korea, Hong Kong and Australia. With a background in law and marketing, she has also worked for a number of years in the commercial departments of various companies in South Korea, France and Hong Kong. This sparked her interest in intercultural communication and language used in the workplace. This is how she came to research self-presentation in job interviews in French and Australasian-English, analysing the linguistic resources used by candidates to construct their professional identity and negotiate solidarity with their interviewers. Her research on curriculum vitae continued this work and aimed to identify the key linguistic features that succeed (or fail) to make a good impression on recruiters, leading to shortlisting (or not) for a job interview. Continuing her research on persuasive discourse and using a stint as a juror at a criminal trial, she has analysed the ways in which prosecutors construct their narrative of the crime in order to persuade the jurors of their views. She has also explored whether jurors could be influenced by their reading of the media. More recently, she has conducted linguistic landscape projects in Catalonia and Paris involving the place and status of regional and immigrant languages in the public space.

Selected publications

  • Lipovsky, C. (2017) Right to a fair trial: Could hard news reports influence jurors? Journal of World Languages 4(2): 69-93.
  • Lipovsky, C. (2017) Storytelling in legal settings: A case study from a Crown Prosecutor’s opening statement. Australian Review of Applied Linguistics 40(1): 71–91.
  • Lipovsky, C. (2016) Negotiating solidarity with potential donors: A study of the images in fundraising letters by not-for-profit organizations. Functional Linguistics 3(1). Available at http://www.functionallinguistics.com/content/3/1/1.
  • Lipovsky, C. (2015) Eliciting solidarity in an emergency appeal: An illustrative analysis. Linguistics and the Human Sciences 11(1): 133-154.
  • Lipovsky, C. (2015) Gender specification and occupational titles: An investigation of French women’s CVs. Sociolinguistic Studies 9(1): 93-113.
  • Lipovsky, C. (2014) Gender-specification and occupational nouns: Has linguistic change occurred in job advertisements since the French feminisation reforms? Gender and Language 8(3): 361-392.
  • Lipovsky, C. (2015) Constructing professional identity through Curricula Vitae. In D.N. Djenar, A. Mahboob and K. Cruickshank (Eds), Language and Identity across Modes of Communication, Boston/Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Mouton: 263-290
  • Lipovsky, C. (2014) The CV as a multimodal text. Visual Communication 13(4): 429-458.
  • Lipovsky, C. (2013) Negotiating one’s expertise through appraisal in CVs. Linguistics and the Human Sciences 8(3): 307-333
  • Lipovsky, C. (2011) ‘It’s really a great presentation!’: Appraising candidates in job interviews. Linguistics and the Human Sciences 4(2): 161-185
  • Lipovsky, C. (2010) Negotiating solidarity: A social-linguistic approach to job interviews. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.