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Discourse analysis, English Language and Linguistics

Dr Johann Unger

Dr Johann Unger

Lecturer & Academic Director

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 592591
Office hours: County South C79, By arrangement

Affiliations

Research in Language, Gender and Sexuality
Lancaster Literacy Research Centre
PaSTY - Pragmatics and Stylistics Research Group
LIP - Language, Ideology and Power Group
Authors and the World

I am currently interested in three main research areas:

  • Online forms of political resistance;
  • Language policy and the politics of language (especially in Scotland);
  • Students' attitudes towards their use of academic language, particularly when they are studying in international contexts.

PhD Supervision Interests

I am particularly interested in supervising students in the areas of online political resistance, critical discourse analysis and language policy, also more broadly in the areas related to my other research interests (see 'Research Interests' on my staff profile). I am currently supervising or co-supervising students working on: parliamentary debates in Kenya, Arabic media constructions of Iraq; the cultural impact of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the English and German-speaking world; UK Uncut and Twitter; Latin-American identity in the UN mission in Haiti; language policy among proofreaders in Slovenia; public discourse on the financial crisis in Portugal; linguistic identities in Southern China; the construction of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the press; student academic writing.

Research Interests

My research to date has been in the following areas:

  • Language Policy
  • Minority Languages
  • Scots
  • Discursive representations of minority languages
  • Discourse sociolinguistics
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Academic writing
  • Language and gender
  • Cartoons, fairy stories and sexist stereotypes
  • Dialect speech (re)presentation in fiction and non-fiction
  • Dialect and non-standard orthography
  • Political resistance and new media

Current Teaching

My teaching in 2014-15 is restricted to MA and PhD-level supervision due to a sabbatical term.

In 2013-14 I contributed to the following modules:

Undergraduate

  • LING103 - Linguistics
  • LING204 - Discourse Analysis: Looking at Language in use
  • LING250 - British Culture, Language, and Society, 1800 - Present

Postgraduate

  • LING402 - Postgraduate Academic Study Skills
  • Hong Kong MA TESOL Foundation Module and Research Methods Module

Office Hours

County South C79, By arrangement

Selected Publications

The discursive construction of the Scots language: education, politics and everyday life

Unger, J. W. 10/2013 Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 178 p. (Discourse approaches to politics, society and culture; vol. 51)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsMonograph

Rebranding the Scottish Executive: a discourse-historical analysis

Unger, J. W. 1/01/2013 In: Journal of Language and Politics. 12, 1, p. 59-79 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Legitimating inaction: differing identity constructions of the Scots language.

Unger, J. W. 02/2010 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13, 1, p. 99-117 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2014

Introduction: encountering multilingualism in Europe’s institutions

Unger, J., Krzyzanowski, M. & Wodak, R. 2014 Multilingual encounters in Europe’s institutional spaces. Unger, J. W., Krzy┼╝anowski, M. & Wodak, R. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury Academic, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

Multilingual encounters in Europe’s institutional spaces

Unger, J. (ed.), Krzyzanowski, M. (ed.) & Wodak, R. (ed.) 2014 London: Bloomsbury Academic. 256 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Researching language and social media: a student guide

Page, R., Barton, D., Unger, J. & Zappavigna, M. 2014 London: Routledge. 202 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2013

The discursive construction of the Scots language: education, politics and everyday life

Unger, J. W. 10/2013 Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 178 p. (Discourse approaches to politics, society and culture; vol. 51)

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsMonograph

Rebranding the Scottish Executive: a discourse-historical analysis

Unger, J. W. 1/01/2013 In: Journal of Language and Politics. 12, 1, p. 59-79 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

Legitimating inaction: differing identity constructions of the Scots language.

Unger, J. W. 02/2010 In: European Journal of Cultural Studies. 13, 1, p. 99-117 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2009

Economic discourses of Scots on Bourdieu’s “Linguistic Market”.

Unger, J. W. 2009 Language and Economic Development. Kirk, J. M. & Ó Baoill, D. P. (eds.). Belfast: Cló Ollscoil na Banríona, (Belfast Studies in Language, Culture and Politics)

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The Discursive Construction of National Identity.

Wodak, R., De Cillia, R., Reisigl, M., Liebhart, K., Hirsch, A. (Translator), Mitten, R. (Translator) & Unger, J. W. (Translator) 2009 2nd ed. ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. 288 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2008

Michael Halliday, On grammar

Unger, J. 2008 In: Language in Society. 37, 2, p. 312 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Rhiannon Bury, Cyberspaces of their own: female fandoms online

Unger, J. 2008 In: Language in Society. 37, 2, p. 311 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

A keek at Scots lang syne: a brief overview of the historical development of the Scots language.

Unger, J. W. 06/2008 In: Vienna English Working Papers. 17, 1, p. 91-101 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Gendered discourses in a contemporary animated film: subversion and confirmation of gender stereotypes in Shrek.

Unger, J. W. & Sunderland, J. 2007 Discourse and Contemporary Social Change. Fairclough, N., Cortese, G. & Ardizzone, P. (eds.). Frankfurt: Peter Lang, p. 459-486 28 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2006

Shi-Xu, a cultural approach to discourse

Unger, J. 2006 In: Language in Society. 35, 4, p. 617-620 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

 

 

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