Dr Carol Marley

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programmes / Senior Lecturer in English

Carol Marley
Room: NW 917
Phone: 0121 204 3808
Email: c.n.marley@aston.ac.uk 
  • BA (Hons) English Language & Literature, University of Birmingham
  • MPhil (English Language), University of Birmingham
  • PhD (English Language), University of Birmingham
  • Language & Gender

  • Written & Spoken Discourse Analysis

  • Sociolinguistics

  • Media discourse

  • Multi-modal analysis
  • Media discourse
  • Narrative analysis - verbal and visual
  • Written Dating Advertisements
  • Metaphors in Discourse
  • Interaction in Writing
  • 2008-2009 Pedagogical Research Fellowship, School of Languages and Social Sciences
  • 2006-2007 School of Languages and Social Sciences Teaching Award
  • 2001-2002 Sir Alistair Pilkington Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Liverpool
  • 1987- 1988 Awarded Constance Naden Medal for best postgraduate thesis submitted to the Arts Faculty, University of Birmingham.
  • 2010 ‘Migration and Divisions: Thoughts on (Anti-) Narrativity in Visual Representations of Mobile People’ (with Chris Gilligan*), Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung 11(2), available at: http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/issue/view/34

  • 2010 ‘Interpersonal Issues in the Discourse of Dating Ads’, in Miriam Locher & Sage Graham, eds, Interpersonal Pragmatics, Berlin / New York: De Gruyter Mouton: 435-462.

  • 2008 'Truth Values and Truth-Commitment in Intertextual Dating Ads', Language and Literature, Vol 17(2), 137-154

  • 2008 ‘Assuming Identities: The Workings of Intertextual Metaphors in Dating Ads’, Journal of Pragmatics, 40, 559-576.

  • 2007 'Metaphors of Identity in Dating Ads and Newspaper Articles', TEXT&TALK, 27-1, 55-78

  • 2005 A section from ‘Popping the Question’ (2002) appears as a key reading in Grammar and Context: An advanced resource book, A Hewings & M Hewings eds, London: Routledge.

  • 2002 ‘Popping the Question: Questions and Modality in Dating Ads’, in Discourse Studies 4(1), 75-98.

  • ‘Conflict and harmony in staff and student perceptions of the relationship between attendance and use of a Virtual Learning Environment’ (with Sue Garton & Vanessa Parson), submission to Studies in Higher Education.

  • ‘Picture this: Narrative and conceptual interpretation in visual discourse’, submission to Visual Communication.

  • 'Visualising Identity in Writing: A case study of dating ads', undergoing revision for Functions of Language
  • 'An autism journey', with Pam Lowe, in preparation

  • 2002 ‘Popping the Question: Questions and Modality in Dating Ads’, in Discourse Studies 4(1), 75-98.
  • 2000 'Beyond the Usual: The modification of gender in a British Lonely Hearts column', in Text 20(3), 271-306
  • 2000 'Trading talk? Interaction in written dating advertisements', in RM Coulthard, J Cotterill & F Rock, eds, Working with Dialogue, Tubingen: Max Niemeyer, 301-314
  • 1998 ‘Agencies in Foreign News: A linguistic complement of a content analytical study’ (with D. Galasinski), Journal of Pragmatics 30 (1998) 565-587.
  • 1995 'A Little Light on the Heart of Darkness', in J Payne, ed, Linguistic Approaches to Literature: Papers in Literary Stylistics, Birmingham: ELR, 74-101.


  • March 2008 Plenary speaker, A-S Level Sixth Form Conference, Newcastle University, 19th March 2008
  • 1999 - 2001 Speaker at two national circuits of conferences for sixth form students of English language, speaking to audiences of up to 1,000.
  • January 2001 Presentation on language & gender at a Linguistics Consortium of A Level English Language Teachers, run by Cheshire County Council.

Research Seminars

  • Trainspotter, homemaker, lover: Gendered identities in print-medium dating ads, English Language Research Seminar, University of Birmingham, 28 October 2008
  • 1999 Critical Discourse Analysis Meeting, University of Birmingham, 6-7 April, 1999 - Moderator of the Gender session for the first in a series of annual meetings of Critical Discourse Analysts.
  • November 2008, ECREA's European Communication Conference, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, 25-28 November, 2008 - Migration, Movement, Narrative (with Chris Gilligan).
  • September 2006, BELP Conference, University of Birmingham - plenary talk.
  • 2006 TESOL Spain, Universidad de Complutense, Madrid, 24-27 March, 2006 - Co-text as clue to metaphorical meaning
  • 2002 29th International Systemic Functional Congress, University of Liverpool, 15-19 July, 2002 - ‘Pauper seeks millionairess: Projecting roles and negotiating identity in dating ads’.
  • 1999 North West Centre for Linguistics, 2nd international conference: Questions, University of Liverpool, 12-14 November, 1999 - ‘Trading Talk? Interaction in written dating advertisements’.
  • 1997 BAAL: Language At Work, University of Birmingham, 11-13 September, 1997 - ‘Journalism & “Story”: Narrative & Expository discourse in international news’.

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research