I am a Senior Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Sydney. My primary research interest is in corpus-assisted discourse studies, also known as corpus-based discourse analysis. This refers to the use of electronic collections of texts and computer software to explore facets about discourse. My own research focuses on English-language media texts (media linguistics), with two main strands – language as used in the news (print, online, radio, TV) and language as used in fictional TV series (such as The Big Bang Theory, The Wire). I have been employed by the University of Sydney since 2009, previously holding research fellowships from 2006-2009 (after a lectureship at the University of Augsburg, Germany). In 2013 I was a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (University of Oxford), and in 2015 I was a Visiting Professor at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (Germany). My first book focussed on the analysis of opinion in UK broadsheets and tabloids (Evaluation in Media Discourse, 2006, Continuum). My second book was a corpus-based study of emotion talk in British English fiction, news, academic and conversational texts (Emotion Talk Across Corpora, 2008, Palgrave Macmillan), while my third book combined corpus linguistics with other methodologies and theories for an in-depth exploration of the language of fictional television series (The Language of Fictional Television, 2010, Continuum). More recent books in media linguistics include News Discourse (2012, Bloomsbury, with Dr Helen Caple), and The Discourse of News Values (in press, Oxford University Press, with H. Caple). My current research into media texts builds on and considerably extends these studies into news and television texts. I am interested in supervising students in these areas.
For further information please use the navigation tools above, see my academia.edu site or the news values site, visit my university website or go to my youtube channel (for videos on corpus linguistics and AntConc). I have also compiled an online information pack on corpus linguistics which you can find here (requires login via a service such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gmail, Yahoo).