The Critical Discourse Analysis research group is an informal forum where members from the School of Languages and Social Sciences can share and develop research interests. The group's focus is on socio-political concerns and the role of language in constructing institutionalised power and ideology. We focus on a diverse range of research projects in this area, which frequently cross over with those of the other research groups in LSS. These include, current projects on:
- The construction of rape in the context of police interviews
- The ideological function of dialects
- Intercultural influences in educational settings
- The role of metaphor in identity construction.
The range of our interests is reflected in the variety of our methodologies: we draw on corpus linguistic techniques, linguistic ethnography, pragmatics and dialectological approaches in relation to spoken, written and visual aspects of media, performance, conversational and institutional settings. Our activities include informal research discussions, inviting speakers as part of the Institute for the Study of Language and Society (ISLS) programme
and developing research bids, all with a shared central focus on critically situating our work in real world issues.
For more details, contact Dr Urszula Clark - firstname.lastname@example.org.