I am Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Sydney. My primary research interest is in corpus-assisted discourse studies, also known as corpus-based discourse analysis. This refers to the use of electronic collections of texts and computer software to explore facets about (specific types of) discourse. My own research focuses on English-language media texts, with two main strands – language as used in the news (print, online, radio, TV) and language as used in fictional TV series (such as The Big Bang Theory, The Wire). I have been a lecturer at the University of Sydney since 2009, previously holding research fellowships from 2006-2009 (after a lectureship at the University of Augsburg, Germany). My Masters research explored the cognitive linguistic concept of frames/scripts/schemas, while my PhD research focussed on the analysis of opinion in UK broadsheets and tabloids. My post-doctoral research at the University of Sydney was a corpus-based study of emotion talk in British English fiction, news, academic and conversational texts, while my post-doctoral research at the University of Technology, Sydney, combined corpus linguistics with other methodologies and theories for an in-depth exploration of the language of fictional television series. This research has resulted in four books: Evaluation in Media Discourse (2006, Continuum), Emotion Talk Across Corpora (2008, Palgrave Macmillan), The Language of Fictional Television (2010, Continuum) and News Discourse (2012, Bloomsbury, with Dr Helen Caple). My current research into media texts builds on and considerably extends these studies into news and television texts. I am interested in supervising students in these areas. I am also the book reviews editor of the international journal Discourse & Communication.
Please note that I will be based in Oxford from July/August 2013 onwards (for 6 months).