Postgraduate Presentation Day: MA and PhD students show off their research

On Thursday 29th June our MA students, along with some of our PhD students, presented their current research to the rest of the department. Topics ranged from the genitive and dative cases in Eastern Armenian to patronising behaviour in Persian and English, from the structure of complaining talk to critical stylistic approaches to Jane Austen. A full list of presenters and their titles can be found below. We were also treated to a plenary by Kathy Conklin (University of Nottingham) on "Investigating Literariness using Psycholinguistic Techniques".

Well done to all our presenters, and huge thanks to Kathy, to all the chairs, to the L&ML staff, and most of all to PhD student Mark Boardman, who organised the day.

If you're interested in joining us on one of our MA programmes, you can find more details at the following links for MA English Language and Applied Linguistics, MA Intercultural Communication, and our new MA Stylistics. We also have part-time study options for all our MAs, and a distance learning option for the MA English Language and Applied Linguistics.

Presenters and their titles

Sarah Ableman (MA English Language and Applied Linguistics): The interplay between epistemic (in)congruence and affiliation in co-complainings

Tawfiq Abuaisheh (PhD): A comparative critical stylistic analysis of coverage by Al Rai, The Jerusalem Post and The New York Times of the 2014 Israeli War on the Gaza Strip

Hannah Alipoor (MA Intercultural Communication): Patronising: an English and Persian comparison

Tofunmi Babatunde (MA ELAL): Cross cultural feminism: a critical stylistic analysis

Mark Boardman (PhD): ‘Rigour is no substitute for happiness’: persona in Emily Dickinson

Hannah Borge (MA IC): Beyond the ‘study abroad experience’: intercultural learning in the foreign language classroom

Sam Castlehouse (MA IC): Telling it how it is: a critical stylistic analysis of the language of
Donald Trump

Kamil Domurat (MA IC): Tendencies to lie among Polish and English speakers

Kate Earnshaw (PhD): An investigation into the effects of phonetic accommodation within
forensic contexts

Asma Ebshiana (PhD): An exploration of the preferred initiation-repair mechanisms by the teacher and the learners in EFL classroom interactions using a conversation analytic approach

Mahmood Ibrahim (PhD): The construction of the poet, people and situation in Bekas’s poetry: a critical stylistics and cognitive metaphor theory analysis

Sara Ingham (PhD): Text and context: comprehension processes in the characterisation of Terry Pratchett’s witches

Francine de Jager (MA ELAL): Empathy versus sympathy as affective responses to prose: a reader response experiment

Ingrid Kellock (MA ELAL): Humour and impoliteness in an exploitative celebrity chat show

Florentia Koulouri (MA ELAL): Linguistic behaviour in supermarkets

Shatha Khuzaee (PhD): Integrating critical stylistics and visual grammar: a multimodal
stylistic approach to the analysis of non-literary texts

Liz Marsden (PhD): A network based study of relational work in business emails

Robert Ogle (MA ELAL): Who were the rioters? Naturalised ideologies in the reporting of the UK riots of August 2011

Thanh Tran (MA IC): Intercultural features of the Vietnamese public apology

Gina Vernon (MA ELAL): A corpus stylistic study of the novels of Jane Austen

Khwanhathai Vividhwara (MA IC): Thai culture of respect: perspectives of intercultural people regarding Thai respect behaviour through TV commercials

Hayarpi Yeghikyan (MA ELAL): The genitive and dative cases in Eastern Armenian