Undergraduate research: focus on stylistics

Continuing our mini-celebration of our undergraduate research, in this post we'll be detailing the work that our students have conducted in stylistics.

Linguistics at Huddersfield has a long and distinguished reputation in the subfield of stylistics, or the application of linguistic principles to studying texts, both literary and non-literary. Unsurprisingly, this often transmits to our students, who have gone on to produce the following research.


  • Conceptualising the ideational forms of motion destinations and stationary positions in discourse - Samuel Dobb
  • "I'm not your inspiration, thank you very much": does the language used in the 2016 Paralympic games "Yes I can" campaign promote the ideology of inspiration porn? - Jessica Goodwin
  • A critical discourse analysis of the representation of Islam within two articles - Ibrahim Yunus
  • How useful is Text World Theory in accounting for reader experiences of war poetry? Corinne Davies
  • Hallidayean transitivity analysis: what the US presidential election can tell us about the ideologies of two popular UK newspapers - Trang Minh Tran
  • Does the ideology in Donald Trump's announcement speech represent the opinions expressed by Trump supporters? [The greatest dissertation of all time. of all time. Believe me - they don't write dissertations like this anymore.] - Katie-Grace Haseldine
  • A stylistic case study into the appeal of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' to both children and adults through the analysis of language use in interaction - Sophie Wilson
  • "It's called 'Make America Great Again'": a study of Donald Trump's language in the third presidential debate 2016 - Emma Stoker
  • The magician's toolbox: the role of metaphor in the creation of magic in 'Skulduggery Pleasant' - Bethan Coates
  • How is American ideology presented through advertising over a period of the past 40 years? Maryam Nazir
  • Are Disney's representations of women progressive? A linguistic analysis of 'Cinderella' (1950), 'The Little Mermaid' (1989) and 'Frozen' (2013) - Rebecca Pye
  • Characterisation within 'Catcher in the Rye': a characterisation study focusing on Culpeper's textual cues for characterisation checklist - Sarah Longshaw
  • A study into the characterisation and character development in 'The Great Gatsby' in relation to ideology and purpose - Dimitry Onaka
  • Point of view and speech and thought presentation in Khaled Hosseini's 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' - Aa'ishah Taj
  • A 'critical' discourse analysis of the language of resourcing in education - James Dooher
  • A stylistic analysis of multimodal horror novel 'House of Leaves' - Saulius Juozapavicius
  • A corpus assisted critical stylistic approach to the representation of Muslims in the British press in the years 2004 and 2016 - Saleh Ahmad
  • A critical stylistic analysis of the allocation of blame in the reporting of the Grenfell Tower tragedy - Aansa Nadeem
  • How does David Cameron use naming strategies within his EU referendum final address speech to conceptualise his ideology that Britain should remain within the European Union? - Sara Kehoe
  • 'Memory is a funny thing': a stylistic study into the use of metaphor in the illustration of the mind style of dementia sufferers in fiction - Nabeela Gul
  • The investigation of zombie mind style and burying in Carey's 'The Girl with all the Gifts' - Lucy Kynaston
  • A strong and stable dissertation on naming patterns within political discourse - Maariyah Akudi
  • Around the (text) world in 80 days: a cognitive stylistic application of Text World Theory to travel advertising discourse - Maariyah Sheth
  • An investigation into the differences in gender representation in children's fiction using the transitivity model - Sarah Bano
  • Modality within terrorism news discourse from the UK to the USA - Simret Dhesi
  • A critical stylistic analysis of Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May's 2017 general pre-election speeches - Aliyah Bhana
  • Ladies and Gentlemen: a critical stylistic analysis of gender representations in children's fictional literature - Sophie Hayward