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The Oxford Brookes Language and Discourse interdisciplinary group has a specific focus on the relation between forms discourse, ideology and society.
Our interests range from the production, interpretation and comprehension of discourse; to its mediation through materials, media and technologies; to the role it plays in social issues of gender, class, race, identity, politics, culture, literacy, and beyond.
Department of English and Modern Languages
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+44 (0)1865 484308
I teach, research and publish in the areas of stylistics, narratology and cognitive poetics, with a specialism in deixis.
I also research the language of charity fundraising, and am the project lead for 'The Use and Misuse of Language' project for the Commission on the Donor Experience.
I research stylistics, cognitive poetics and narratology, most recently focusing on deixis and deictic shifting in fiction. I have further particular interests and expertise in flash fiction, metafiction, and performance poetry.
I also specialise in the language of charity fundraising, and am the project lead for 'The Use and Misuse of Language' project for the Commission on the Donor Experience. I lead workshops on topics such as persuasive language at national charity conventions and conferences.
I also research in the area of pedagogical stylistics, and co-lead the Integrating English project (www.integratingenglish.com), promoting stylistics and its place in English education. I have worked with the AQA in developing aspects of the Language and Literature A level specification, and producing teaching and learning resources for teachers and students.
I would particularly welcome prospective PhD students in the fields of cognitive poetics (especially deixis and deictic shifting), stylistics and narratalogy, and/or charity fundraising discourse.
Oxford Brookes Language and Discourse (OBLaDi) Research Cluster
Poetics and Linguistics Association
International Society for the Study of Narrative
European Narratology Network (ENN)
Previously, Expert Panel member for AQA English Language and Literature
‘Sharing pedagogies’, English: Shared Futures conference, Newcastle, 5-7th July 2017
‘What do we do when we analyse texts?’ English: Shared Futures conference, Newcastle, 5-7th July 2017
‘Testing, testing … one, two, … see?’, Institute of Fundraising convention, London, 3th-5th July 2017
‘Persuasive language: Writing words that work’, Psychology of Communications CharityComms conference, London, 29th May 2017
'Empathetic / social / relational deixis: What does it do and how does it do it?' Aix-en-Provence, France (28 April 2017)
Guest lecture: 'Masterclass in Close Reading', University of Oxford Forum for English, Drama and Media, Oxford, UK (24 Aptil 2017)
'Changing streets into stories: A MCDA analysis of the graffiti appeals of the homeless charity Depaul UK', International Association of Literary Semantics conference, University of Huddersfield, UK (10-12 April 2017)