Language, Ideology and Power Group (LIP) Language, Ideology and Power (LIP)

The Language, Ideology and Power (LIP) research group at Lancaster was founded by Norman Fairclough and later convened by Ruth Wodak.  It continues today under the stewardship of Chris Hart, Veronika Koller, Sten Hansson and Johnny Unger.  

LIP is broadly concerned with the way that ideology and the legitimation of power play out in language and discourse in different fields of social and political action. The group meets roughly once a week and regularly hosts external speakers. It is attended by Lancaster staff and postgraduate students as well as visitors. It is open to all.  LIP is based in the linguistics department. However, it is interdisciplinary in reach and maintains close connections with other departments within the university, including but not limited to the Management School, Sociology, Politics, Philosophy and Religion, and Educational Research.

If you are interested in presenting at LIP or joining the email list, contact Sten Hansson (


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