Through the language lens

Lunchtime research seminars from the Department of English, Languages and Applied Linguistics.

Bring your own lunch and enjoy this showcase of cutting-edge applied linguistic research hosted by the Aston Centre for Applied Linguistics (ACAL). Sharing insights, findings and research tips, colleagues from the English, Languages and Applied Linguistics Department demonstrate how much we can learn about our social world through the language lens.

Talks are free to attend, intended for a wide audience, and take place on Thursdays between 1 and 2pm, via Collaborate.

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Upcoming webinars

Talking About Emotions in English teaching: 100 years on from Newbolt

Dr Marcello Giovanelli and Megan Mansworth

Thursday 28 October 2021 - 13:00 to 14:00

In this talk, we will discuss the results of our research on how teachers talk about the value of emotions in teaching literature. We begin by examining how emotions are framed in the influential 1921 Newbolt Report and then present findings from an empirical study of the views English teachers hold regarding the value and significance of students’ emotional responses to texts. Our paper investigates the ways in some of the claims of the Report regarding emotions in English teaching still hold a century after its publication.

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Dr Robbie Love

Thursday 18 November 2021 - 13:00 to 14:00

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Dr Nur Hooton

Thursday 16 December 2021 - 13:00 to 14:00

This session will involve hybrid delivery. Those who may be able to attend will be sent the venue details nearer the time. There will be a session link available for those who may wish to join the session online.

Book launch: Kurtoğlu-Hooton (2021) Language, Identity Online and Running. Palgrave Macmillan

This book focuses on language and identity online within the context of running from an interdisciplinary perspective. It brings together digital ethnography, existential phenomenology, interpretative phenomenological analysis and sporting embodiment in the pursuit to explore runners’ lived experiences and identities online.

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Dr Claudia Gremler

Thursday 20 January 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

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The idea of progress in forensic authorship analysis

Professor Tim Grant

Thursday 17 February 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

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Sue Campbell

Thursday 17 March 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

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Dr Emmanuelle Labeau

Thursday 21 April 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

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Dr Stephen Fay

Thursday 19 May 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

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Professor Gertrud Reershemius

Thursday 16 June 2022 - 13:00 to 14:00

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Past webinars

Including without excluding: a challenge for the French language (Dr Emmanuelle Labeau)

Including without excluding: a challenge for the French language

Dr Emmanuelle Labeau

Wednesday 12th May 2021

Inclusive language has been debated in France for over 35 years. The French case illustrates how challenging it is to include without excluding...

"Picture or it didn't happen": The Carnivalesque in an online running community (Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton)

"Picture or it didn't happen": The Carnivalesque in an online running community

Dr Nur Kurtoglu-Hooton

Wednesday 21st April 2021

In this session I exemplify how the members of a Facebook group experience entertainment online and how the shared laughter, in-group jokes and the grotesque humour help build a community spirit.

Telecinematic stylistics: Voiceover narration and 'split selves' in The Handmaid's Tale TV series (Dr Chloe Harrison)

Telecinematic stylistics: Voiceover narration and 'split selves' in The Handmaid's Tale TV series

Dr Chloe Harrison

Wednesday 31st March 2021

In this talk I draw together concepts from cognitive stylistics and film studies for an analysis of June/Offred's 'split selves' in The Handmaid's Tale TV series, and further explore how choices of language and cinematic production foreground key themes of the series, such as imprisonment, objectification and surveillance.

"I'm not really an expert but I'm a native speaker": Identity construction in participants on NEST schemes (Dr Sue Garton)

"I'm not really an expert but I'm a native speaker": Identity construction in participants on NEST schemes

Dr Sue Garton and Professor Fiona Copland (University of Stirling)

Wednesday 10th March 2021

This talk will examine how native English speaker teachers (NESTS) and local English teachers (LETS) working together on team teaching schemes construct their own and each other’s identity.

Linguistic discrimination and accent variation in public life: a view from the French press (Dr Daniel McAuley)

Linguistic discrimination and accent variation in public life: a view from the French press

Dr Daniel McAuley

Wednesday 17th February 2021

This paper presents a view of language-based discrimination in public life through a corpus-based analysis of the French term glottophobie in the French press. We’ll look at where this discrimination is felt to exist in French society, and what the terms used to speak about it say about language ideologies, policies and practices.

Making Sense of Covid 19: Semiotic Landscapes in Times of Crisis (Professor Gertrud Reershemius)

Making Sense of Covid 19: Semiotic Landscapes in Times of Crisis

Professor Gertrud Reershemius

Wednesday 9th December 2020

This talk presents and analyses signage put up in public space in a rural community between March and June 2020.

Education or harassment: The case of anti-abortion tweets in #Stopstella campaign (Dr Tahmineh Tayebi and Dr Pam Lowe)

Education or harassment: The case of anti-abortion tweets in #Stopstella campaign

Dr Tahmineh Tayebi and Dr Pam Lowe

Wednesday 25th November 2020

In this talk, which is a collaboration between English and Sociology, Dr Pam Lowe and Dr Tahmineh Tayebi investigate the language used in the #StopStella campaign to understand the reasoning behind this campaign, and the public reaction and how and why it has turned into a campaign of intimidation and harassment.

Investigating the linguistic challenges of the transition from primary to secondary school (Dr Robbie Love)

Investigating the linguistic challenges of the transition from primary to secondary school

Dr Robbie Love and Professor Alice Deignan (University of Leeds)

Wednesday 11th November 2020

This talk offers a comparison of the language that students typically encounter at primary and secondary school, based on rigorous corpus analysis. How does this contribute to the challenge of the school transition? This project is led by the University of Leeds, in collaboration with colleagues at Lancaster, Aston and Dundee.

Revisiting the online/offline/private/public divide in work place communication (Dr Erika Darics)

Revisiting the online/offline/private/public divide in work place communication

Dr Erika Darics

Wednesday 28th October 2020

Highly relevant in the current context, this talk explores how people negotiate their ways of working and how they create a shared sense of meaning about their work online.