Professor Greg Myers

Professor Greg Myers

Professor, Head of Department

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 592454

Affiliations

Centre for Science Studies

PhD Supervision Interests

I have supervised more than 25 PhD theses to completion, and I welcome applications in the areas of academic discourse, media discourse, environmental discourse, and qualitative research methods.

Research Interests

My best-known work focused on the social context of written academic texts, especially in science, treating such issues as politeness, cohesion, narrative structure, commonplaces, and illustration, drawing on frameworks from the sociology of scientific knowledge. More recent work has studied expression of opinions in talk, particularly in focus groups and consultation processes; the approach is largely through conversation analysis. I have written five books: Writing Biology: Texts in the Social Construction of Science (Wisconsin, 1990), Words in Ads (Arnold, 1994), Ad Worlds: Brands, Media, Audiences (Arnold, 1998), Matters of Opinion: Talking about Public Issues (Cambridge, 2004, and .Discourse of Blogs and Wikis(Continuum, 2010). See my blog on this topic at The Language of Blogs.

My current research, with Sofia Lampropoulou, draws on an ESRC-funded project on 'The Construction of Stance in Social Research Interviews'.

I edit the Elsevier journal Discourse Context & Media. I am also on the Editorial Boards of the journals Applied Linguistics, Discourse & Society, ESPecialist, Language in Society, Language Teaching Research, Science as Culture, Text & Talk, and Written Communication. With Ruth Wodak, I edit the John Benjamins book series Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society, and Culture.

In 2011 I was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. I have been active in the Ross Priory seminars on Broadcast Talk since 1995.  I am Chair (2012-15) of BAAL, the British Association for Applied Linguistics.

 

Current Teaching

In 2012-13, I convene the following modules:

Ling 211 - The Language of Advertising

Ling 317 - Language at Work

Ling 442 - Introduction to Discourse Studies

Additional Information

Recent Publications

[with Sofia Lampropoulou] "Impersonal you and stance in social research interviews" Journal of Pragmatics 44(10): 1206-1218.

"Analysing interaction in broadcast debates" in R. Wodak and Krzyzanowski (eds.) Qualitative Discourse Analysis in the Social Sciences. London: Palgrave, 2008.

[with Jackie Abell] "Analysing research interviews" in R. Wodak and Krzyzanowski (eds.) Qualitative Discourse Analysis in the Social Sciences. London: Palgrave, 2008.

Discourse of Blogs and Wikis. London: Continuum, 2010.

See Lancaster e-prints for links to some pdf files.

2013

What Place References Can Do in Social Research Interviews

Myers, G. & Lampropoulou, S. 06/2013 In: Discourse Studies. 15, 3, p. 333-351

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Stance-taking in interviews from the Qualidata Archive

Lampropoulou, S. & Myers, G. 01/2013 In: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 14, 1, 12

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Impersonal you and stance-taking in social research interviews

Myers, G. & Lampropoulou, S. 2012 In: Journal of Pragmatics. 44, 10, p. 1206-1218 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

The discourse of blogs and wikis.

Myers, G. 2010 London: Continuum. 180 p. (Continuum Discourse Series)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Stance-taking and public discussion in blogs.

Myers, G. 11/2010 In: Critical Discourse Studies. 7, 4, p. 263-275 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Analysing interaction in broadcast debates.

Myers, G. 2008 Qualitative discourse analysis in the social sciences. Wodak, R. & Krzyżanowski, M. (eds.). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 121-144 24 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Analysing Research Interviews.

Abell, J. & Myers, G. 17/06/2008 Qualitative Discourse Analysis in the Social Sciences. Wodak, R. & Krzyżanowski, M. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 145-161 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2007

Enabling talk: How the facilitator shapes a focus group.

Myers, G. 01/2007 In: Text & Talk - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language Discourse & Communication Studies. 27, 1, p. 79-105 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Commonplaces in risk talk: Face threats and forms of interaction.

Myers, G. 1/04/2007 In: Journal of Risk Research. 10, 3, p. 285-305 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

Where are you from?: Identifying place in talk.

Myers, G. 06/2006 In: Journal of Sociolinguistics. 10, 3, p. 320-343 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

Applied Linguists and Institutions of Opinion

Myers, G. 2005 In: Applied Linguistics. 26, 4, p. 527-544 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Matters of opinion: talking about public issues.

Myers, G. 2004 Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 258 p. (Studies in interactional sociolinguistics)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Focus groups.

MacNaghten, P. & Myers, G. 2004 Qualitative research practice. Giampietro Gobo, J. G., Seale, C. & Silverman, D. (eds.). London: Sage, p. 65-79 15 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2003

Risk and face: a review of the six studies.

Myers, G. 07/2003 In: Health, Risk and Society. 5, 2, p. 216-220 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Discourse studies of scientific popularisation: questioning the boundaries.

Myers, G. 05/2003 In: Discourse Studies. 5, 2, p. 265-279 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

I’m out of it; you guys argue: making an issue of it on the Jerry Springer Show.

Myers, G. 2001 Television talk shows: discourse, performance, spectacle. Tolson, A. (ed.). New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, p. 173-192 20 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2000

Mediating global citizenship.

Szerszynski, B., Urry, J. & Myers, G. 2000 The Daily Globe: environmental change, the public and the media. Smith, J. (ed.). London: Earthscan, p. 97-114 18 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Unspoken speech: hypothetical reported discourse and the rhetoric of everyday talk.

Myers, G. 2000 In: Text. 19, p. 571-590 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Entitlement and sincerity in broadcast interviews about Princess Diana.

Myers, G. 03/2000 In: Media, Culture and Society. 22, 2, p. 167-185 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Becoming a group: face and sociability in moderated discussions.

Myers, G. 2000 Discourse and social life. Sarangi, S. & Coulthard, M. (eds.). Harlow: Longman Pearson, p. 121-137 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Analysis of conversation and talk.

Myers, G. 2000 Qualitative researching with image text and sound: a practical handbook. Bauer, M. W. & Gaskell, G. (eds.). London: Sage, p. 191-206 16 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

1999

Can focus groups be analysed as talk?

Myers, G. & MacNaghten, P. 1999 Developing focus group research: politics, theory, and practice. Barbour, R. & Kitzinger, J. (eds.). London: Sage, p. 173-185 13 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Scientific expertise in everyday argument.

Myers, G. 1999 Forms of argumentative discourse.. Bondi, M. (ed.). Bologna: CLUEB, p. 71-82 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Interaction in writing: principles and problems.

Myers, G. 1999 Writing: text, processes, and practices. Candlin, C. N. & Hyland, K. (eds.). Harlow: Addison Wesley Longman, p. 40-61 22 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Functions of reported speech in group discussions.

Myers, G. 09/1999 In: Applied Linguistics. 20, 3, p. 376-401 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Ad worlds: brands, media, audiences.

Myers, G. 1999 London: Arnold. 246 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

1998

Rhetorics of environmental sustainability: places and commonplaces.

Myers, G. & MacNaghten, P. 1998 In: Environment and Planning A. 30, 2, p. 333-353 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

 

 

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