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Languages and Linguistics research - projects

Linguistics and Languages pictureDr Marina Lambrou is working on a collaborative project with Dr Rocio Montoro at the University of Granada, Spain to undertake a critical linguistic investigation of print news on the subject of the events that occurred at the Charlie Hebdo offices, Paris in January 2015. The project will be on the language of moral stance with the aim of understanding how stance is constructed through the language of ideology, evaluation and news values in this genre of news discourse. The research methods used will incorporate stylistic approaches such as corpus linguistic and multimodal analysis.

Dr Kate Scott is currently working on a collaborative project applying ideas from the psychology of music to the analysis of intonation and prosody in language. The way we vary the tone and pitch of our voices affects the message that we communicate. In some cases this seems to function as part of the grammar, and it others it seems much more natural, like facial expressions or gestures. This project brings together recent innovations in pragmatics and musicology to explore how this aspect of language functions in communication.

Linguistics and Languages pictureWith colleagues in the School of Education, Dr Paul Booth initiated collaboration with an Erasmus partner institution, Lyon 2 University in France. From this collaboration we have set up an online language learning course with Kingston MA students as facilitators and Lyon 2 students as language learners. This partnership enabled our students to create language learning materials for specific groups of students and facilitate a distance learning course via the university intranet. This virtual learning environment with real learners gives Kingston students a situated learning experience. A research project based on this experience has been presented at conferences and will be published as a journal article.

Linguistics and Languages picturePoet and Kingston lecturer Albert Pellicer gave a keynote speech on 'The Inhabited and Inhabitable Poem' at the III International Congress of Language and Literature. Now an established, international event, the largest of its kind in northern Mexico. The Congress is organised and promoted by La Universidad Tecnológica Linares and sponsored by the state of Nuevo León and the Mexican federal government.

Postgraduate projects

Peter Obukadeta

PhD student Peter Obukadeta is studying the productive use of collocations from Nigerian schoolchildren.

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