Research

Most of my research is corpus-informed, corpus-assisted or corpus-based, and can be described as corpus-based discourse analysis or corpus-assisted discourse studies. However, I sometimes also employ other approaches. As far as data are concerned, I am particularly interested in media discourse (news and television) and would hence also consider my research as being part of media linguistics. The image below shows a word cloud (created using Wordle) based on the titles of my publications (as of 10 February 2016). My research interests, research supervision, projects and theses are listed further below.

Research Interests

  • English linguistics
  • Media linguistics/media discourse (esp. news, television dialogue)
  • Language and affect/emotion, evaluation, stance, appraisal
  • News values/newsworthiness (see www.newsvaluesanalysis.com)
  • Characterisation
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Discourse analysis and pragmatics
  • Research methodologies in corpus linguistics and discourse analysis

Research Supervision

  • Supervision of honours and postgraduate research students at the University of Sydney
  • I am interested in supervising students in the areas of corpus linguistics and media linguistics, specifically in corpus-based discourse analysis or corpus-assisted discourse studies.

Current research

Corpora

  • Compiled SydTV (The Sydney Corpus of Television Dialogue)
  • Compiled BRC (British Registers Corpus)
  • Compiled UK broadsheet and tabloid newspaper corpus

Theses

  • (2008) Affect in English: A Corpus-based Investigation of Emotion Talk. Habilitationsschrift, University of Augsburg, Germany. Summarised in English and American Studies 2008. Summaries of Theses and Monographs. A Supplement to Anglia. Tuebingen: Max Niemeyer.
  • (2005) Evaluating the World. The Evaluative Style of British Broadsheet and Tabloid Publications. PhD thesis, University of Augsburg, Germany. Summarised in English and American Studies 2005. Summaries of Theses and Monographs. A Supplement to Anglia. Tuebingen: Max Niemeyer, 26-28.
  • (2001) Frames Revisited: The Application of Frame Theory in Linguistics. MA thesis, University of Augsburg, Germany.