Lorenzo Logi @logi_lorenzo
Recent publication: Logi, L. & Zappavigna, M. (in press). Dialogic resources in interactional humour. Journal of Pragmatics.
Olivia Inwood @olivia_inwood
A Discourse-Analytic Approach to Understanding the Genres of Deceptive Communication on Social MediaThe aim of my PhD research is to make a new contribution to the study of deception and mis/disinformation on social media, by applying methods from Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) such as the appraisal framework, affiliation and SFL-based genre theory, to a collection of data from Youtube. There is currently an ongoing debate regarding how forms of deceptive communication are defined and detected, and the value of using terms such as ‘fake news’, ‘disinformation’ and ‘misinformation’ has been questioned. My PhD thesis will propose a new way of mapping out these genres of deceptive communication by analysing the interpersonal not just the ideational aspects of deceptive discourse, and to illuminate the nuances in language that occur when people are engaging in communities that bond around deceptive communication.
Giselle Newton @newtonatron
Understanding lived experience of donor conception: community building and peer-support amongst donor-conceived people in Australia(Supervised with Associate Professor Christy Newman and Dr Kerryn Drysdale)
Giselle is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW researching donor-conceived peoples experiences of and attitudes towards face-to-face and online support initiatives and how donor-conceived people are engaged in the development and evaluation of services, policy and research that affects them. Her research is interdisciplinary and employs Appraisal and Affiliation analysis as well as Sociological Methodology and Research Methods. More broadly, she is passionate about issues of access, choice and justice in relation to health and health care. ResearchGate Academia
Nida Tahseen @nida_tahseen
Awni Etaywe @AwniEtaywe19
Language as Evidence: A Discourse Semantic and Corpus Linguistic Approach to Examining Written Terrorist Threatening CommunicationMy research demonstrates linguists' responsibility to society by contributing to supporting the law enforcement and investigatory communities' intervention, specifically in counterterrorism and anti-radicalisation surveillance and (intelligence) investigative analysis. It belongs to the area of 'language as evidence', of forensic linguistics, and chiefly concerns with meaning examination/ ‘proof of understanding’ and authorship (style) ‘markedness’. Drawing on a discourse semantic and corpus linguistic analytical and descriptive framework, it identifies a set of distinctive lexicogrammatical features that mark author's language use and semantic orientation in four sub-corpora of texts. It also empirically investigates written terrorist texts with multiple interwoven security threat of (radicalised attitude and) radicalisation to violence, incitement to violence and threatening to harm, that is, how they are semantically realised and what patterns do group-specific texts reveal.
Jiani Chen @chenjiani04231
Corporate apologies on social media: How corporates affiliate with the target communities and repair their image on social media after crises.My PhD study focuses on corporate apologies on social media, from linguistic and crisis communication and public relations perspectives. It analyses how the corporates respond to the public criticisms and grievances on social media after public relations crises break out in order to repair the relationship with the target communities, and how such attempts are received by the public.
Viewing corporate apologies as a crisis communication discourse, from a crisis communication and public relations perspective my study refers to the strategies established within the frameworks of Image Repair Theory by William Benoit and Situational Crisis Communication Theory by Timothy Coombs, which provide corporates with instrumental strategies for conducting crisis communications. To analyse the linguistic features of the corporate apologies and how the crisis communication strategies are implemented, the linguistic perspective of my study draws on the model of affiliation, which originated from the theory of Systemic Functional Linguistics and focuses on how people are aligned to particular beliefs, values and bonded as communities. Taking the multimodal nature of social media interactions into account, my study not only focuses on the text content of the corporate apologies, but also the embedded images, videos, hashtags and the intersemiotic relationships.
By connecting the two perspectives, my study aims to analyse how the established corporate crisis communication strategies are realised at the linguistic level and push the affiliation studies forward to corporate crisis communication discourse.
PhD StudentsBandar Almutiari - Text Visualisation for Discourse Analysts, 2015
See Almutiari, B (2013). Visualizing patterns of appraisal in texts and corpora Text & Talk, 33(4-5), pp. 691-723.
Yu Yang - Environmental Discourse on Twitter: Community, Negotiation and Affiliation. 2010
Masters StudentsBandar Almutiari – Visualising Sentiment/Appraisal Patterns in News Articles. 2010
Ariel Spigelman - The Intersubjectivity of Left and Right: A corpus-based, cross-cultural exploration of ideological variation in online political commentary. 2009
Heiki Santillana - A media discourse analysis of the early years of AIDS coverage in Australia, 2015
Angelica Tziotis - Smartphones, spaces, and the self: The use of social images in the resemiotisation of identity across physical and virtual spaces, 2014
Alexander Stanley – Shouting into the Ether (Investigating conversational structures in microblogging). 2010