About me

Brief biography

I have an MA in Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University. I joined Birkbeck, University of London, as Lecturer in Spanish in 1995, progressing through the ranks to Professor of Linguistics and Spanish. Previous jobs include lectureships at University of Limerick (Ireland), and Thames Valley University (London).  I became Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Spanish at Birkbeck in Oct 2023.

My current work is in digital discourse analysis and pragmatics. Some of the areas and topics I am interested in are the following:

 

– Pragmatics of interaction

– Pragmatics of social media

– Hate studies / racist discourse

– Small talk       

– (Im)politeness studies

-Regional pragmatic variation

-(E-)Service encounter interactions

-Speech act realization in digital discourse

-Address forms

-Discourse markers

 

I have published extensively in these areas and have contributed chapters to key compendia in the field. several handbooks and encyclopaedias in the field: Pragmatics of Social Media (2017); Pragmatics of Society (2 Pragmática; Enciclopedia de Lingüística Hispánica, The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Pragmatics) and to numerous other international volumes. I am on the editorial board of several international journals.

My work has involved studying different aspects of language use in Ecuadorian and other varieties of Spanish (e.g., Peninsular, Bolivian, Venezuelan and Mexican) as well as in British and American English.

My current projects explore racist insults against Afroecuadorian and Afroperuvian women on X/Twitter (with C. García), and rapport management in Uber complaints on X/Twitter (with H. Powell).

Teaching and examining

The courses I have taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level include:  Pragmatics, Spanish Pragmatics, Spanish Discourse Analysis, Language and Social Interaction, Spanish as a foreign language, Translation and Interpreting; Word and Image: The Construction of the Other in the Hispanic World, Research Methods, Study skills.

 

I have examined the following PhD theses:

 

Solidarity, supportiveness and creative language use in second-language interpersonal talk (2005). Gerrard Mugford. Institute of Education/UCL https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10020494/

From ‘Ways of Speaking’ to ‘Ways of being in the World’: A contrastive Analysis of Requestive behavior in Peninsular Spanish and American English (2007). Ana López. Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. https://investigacion.usc.gal/documentos/5d1df66b29995204f766b6af

 

Micro-family language policy at work in a Spanish-English bilingual family. (2007). Ane Ortega-Etcheverry. Queen Mary, University of London.

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Micro_Family_Language_Policy_at_Work_in.html?id=krbcxQEACAAJ&redir_esc=y

 

Pragmática intercultural: el acto de habla del cumplido en las culturas española y coreana (2008). Hong Joo Choi. http://eprints.ucm.es/8311/1/T30689.pdf)

Análisis pragmalingúístico de resoluciones de conflictos. Las mediaciones laborales (2008). Susana Ridao Rodrigo. Universidad de Almerٕía.

 

La agresividad verbal y sus manifestaciones (2009). María Ester Brenes Peña. Universidad de Sevilla.

https://idus.us.es/bitstream/handle/11441/15333/FG_Tesis-PROV9.pdf;jsessionid=D2FAB8E160D6C21401C1F3D4770D5B33?sequence=1

 

La gestión de las relaciones interpersonales en la interacción médico-paciente: estudio contrastivo inglés británico-español peninsular  (2009).  María de la O Hernández López. Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla.  

https://investiga.upo.es/investigadores/159661/tesis

 

Estudio crítico del discurso parlamentario chileno: la acusación contra la ministra de educación

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (2010). Claudia Poblete (I was asked to write a report on the scientific quality of the thesis).

 

La cortesía valorizadora en la conversación coloquial española: estudio pragmalingüístico (2011). Universidad de Granada. María Jesús Barros García. https://digibug.ugr.es/flexpaper/handle/10481/17612/19835851.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

 

La descortesía en el lenguaje radiofónico: (El discurso de Federico Jiménez Losantos) (2011). Jose Manuel López Martín. Universidad de Sevilla.

https://idus.us.es/handle/11441/24298

Un análisis pragmático-experimental del humor gráfico. Sus aplicaciones al aula de ELE (2011). Elisa Gironzetti. Universidad de Alicante.

https://rua.ua.es/dspace/handle/10045/35847

 

Code-switching among London Greek-Cypriots: A Study of Question-Response Pairs (2012). Marilena Paraskeva. Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck, University of London (Internal examiner). https://vufind.lib.bbk.ac.uk/vufind/Record/477712

 

Los déficits pragmáticos en el discurso oral de niños con síndrome de Asperger (2012). Universidad de Almería. Francisco José Rodríguez Muñoz. https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/tesis?codigo=142370

 

The speech intelligibility of English learners of Spanish at Key Stage 4 (2013). Ángel Osle Ezquerra. Queen Mary, University of London https://qmro.qmul.ac.uk/xmlui/bitstream/handle/123456789/8602/Osle%20Ezquerra_final.pdf?isAllowed=y&sequence=1

 

The contribution of explicit instruction vs. implicit instruction to the acquisition of requests and requests responses by EFL students in Iran (2014). Sadegh Sadghidizaj. University of Lancaster

Tertulia política y (des)cortesía verbal (2014). Marina Sanz. Universidad de Sevilla.

https://idus.us.es/handle/11441/24302

 

Multilingual couples’ disagreement: Taiwanese partners and their foreign spouses (2016).  Yu-Feng (Yvonne) Chi. Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck, University of London (Internal examiner). https://vufind.lib.bbk.ac.uk/vufind/Record/562398

La petición en español peninsular:  producción y percepción de la cortesía verbal en las estrategias de petición de hablantes nativos y francófonos de Bélgica (2022).  Aurélie Marsily. Université Catholique de Louvain.

https://dial.uclouvain.be/pr/boreal/object/boreal:262159

 

Research dissemination
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCE PAPERS, AND INVITED TALKS
 
  • (2022) ‘Emplumado … TÚ NO REPRESENTAS A NADIE’. Discriminación y racismo en Twitter.
 
 
 
 
  • (2021). ‘Avances en la investigación de los actos de habla en el mundo hispánico’, XIX Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina (forma virtual), 8-13 August 2021. [Conferencia invitada] 
 
 
  • (2021). ‘Cortesía y variación pragmática regional,’ University of Princeton, 8 Nov 2021. [Conferencia invitada]
 
  • (2019) Variación regional en un contexto digital, Dept. of Spanish Philology, University of Seville, Seville, 11 November 2019 (Conferencia invitada).
 
  • (2018) “El estudio de prácticas comunicativas en el español ecuatoriano desde la perspectiva de la pragmática”, 1st Symposium on Ecuadorian Spanish, University of Guelph, Canada, 2-3 June 2018 [Conferencia invitada] https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/ses18/speakers
 
 
 
  • (2018) Doing sociability on Facebook in an American network of friends and family, Goldsmiths, University of London, March 2018.
 
  • (2018) Complimenting and responding to compliments on Facebook, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, 27 October 2018.
 
  • (2018) ‘Interpersonal work in service encounters on Mercado Libre Argentina: A comparison between buyer and vendor patterns across two market domains’ (con Hebe Powell), 11th International Conference on Im/Politeness, Valencia, 4-6 July, 2018. https://congresos.adeituv.es/sympol11/
Other professional activities
  • Editorial board member: 
  • Peer review work:
  • Journals 
  •  Publishing houses 
  • Funding bodies 
  • Academic promotions 
  • Professional memberships 

 

About me

Brief biography

I have an MA in Applied Linguistics and a PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University. I joined Birkbeck, University of London, as Lecturer in Spanish in 1995, progressing through the ranks to Professor of Linguistics and Spanish. Previous jobs include lectureships at University of Limerick (Ireland), and Thames Valley University (London).  I became Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Spanish at Birkbeck in Oct 2023.

 

My current work is in digital discourse analysis and pragmatics. Some of the areas and topics I am interested in are the following:

 

– Pragmatics of interaction

– Pragmatics of social media

– Hate studies / racist discourse

– Small talk       

– (Im)politeness studies

-Regional pragmatic variation

-(E-)Service encounter interactions

-Speech act realization in digital discourse

-Address forms

-Discourse markers

 

I have published extensively in these areas and have contributed chapters to key compendia in the field. several handbooks and encyclopaedias in the field: Pragmatics of Social Media (2017); Pragmatics of Society (2 Pragmática; Enciclopedia de Lingüística Hispánica, The Routledge Handbook of Spanish Pragmatics) and to numerous other international volumes. I am on the editorial board of several international journals.

My work has involved studying different aspects of language use in Ecuadorian and other varieties of Spanish (e.g., Peninsular, Bolivian, Venezuelan and Mexican) as well as in British and American English.

My current projects explore racist insults against Afroecuadorian and Afroperuvian women on X/Twitter (with C. García), and rapport management in Uber complaints on X/Twitter (with H. Powell).

Teaching and examining

The courses I have taught at undergraduate and postgraduate level include:  Pragmatics, Spanish Pragmatics, Spanish Discourse Analysis, Language and Social Interaction, Spanish as a foreign language, Translation and Interpreting; Word and Image: The Construction of the Other in the Hispanic World, Research Methods, Study skills.

 

I have examined the following PhD theses:

 

Solidarity, supportiveness and creative language use in second-language interpersonal talk (2005). Gerrard Mugford. Institute of Education/UCL https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10020494/

From ‘Ways of Speaking’ to ‘Ways of being in the World’: A contrastive Analysis of Requestive behavior in Peninsular Spanish and American English (2007). Ana López. Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. https://investigacion.usc.gal/documentos/5d1df66b29995204f766b6af

 

Micro-family language policy at work in a Spanish-English bilingual family. (2007). Ane Ortega-Etcheverry. Queen Mary, University of London.

https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Micro_Family_Language_Policy_at_Work_in.html?id=krbcxQEACAAJ&redir_esc=y

 

Pragmática intercultural: el acto de habla del cumplido en las culturas española y coreana (2008). Hong Joo Choi. http://eprints.ucm.es/8311/1/T30689.pdf)

Análisis pragmalingúístico de resoluciones de conflictos. Las mediaciones laborales (2008). Susana Ridao Rodrigo. Universidad de Almerٕía.

 

La agresividad verbal y sus manifestaciones (2009). María Ester Brenes Peña. Universidad de Sevilla.

https://idus.us.es/bitstream/handle/11441/15333/FG_Tesis-PROV9.pdf;jsessionid=D2FAB8E160D6C21401C1F3D4770D5B33?sequence=1

 

La gestión de las relaciones interpersonales en la interacción médico-paciente: estudio contrastivo inglés británico-español peninsular  (2009).  María de la O Hernández López. Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla.  

https://investiga.upo.es/investigadores/159661/tesis

 

Estudio crítico del discurso parlamentario chileno: la acusación contra la ministra de educación

Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (2010). Claudia Poblete (I was asked to write a report on the scientific quality of the thesis).

 

La cortesía valorizadora en la conversación coloquial española: estudio pragmalingüístico (2011). Universidad de Granada. María Jesús Barros García. https://digibug.ugr.es/flexpaper/handle/10481/17612/19835851.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

 

La descortesía en el lenguaje radiofónico: (El discurso de Federico Jiménez Losantos) (2011). Jose Manuel López Martín. Universidad de Sevilla.

https://idus.us.es/handle/11441/24298

Un análisis pragmático-experimental del humor gráfico. Sus aplicaciones al aula de ELE (2011). Elisa Gironzetti. Universidad de Alicante.

https://rua.ua.es/dspace/handle/10045/35847

 

Code-switching among London Greek-Cypriots: A Study of Question-Response Pairs (2012). Marilena Paraskeva. Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck, University of London (Internal examiner). https://vufind.lib.bbk.ac.uk/vufind/Record/477712

 

Los déficits pragmáticos en el discurso oral de niños con síndrome de Asperger (2012). Universidad de Almería. Francisco José Rodríguez Muñoz. https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/tesis?codigo=142370

 

The speech intelligibility of English learners of Spanish at Key Stage 4 (2013). Ángel Osle Ezquerra. Queen Mary, University of London https://qmro.qmul.ac.uk/xmlui/bitstream/handle/123456789/8602/Osle%20Ezquerra_final.pdf?isAllowed=y&sequence=1

 

The contribution of explicit instruction vs. implicit instruction to the acquisition of requests and requests responses by EFL students in Iran (2014). Sadegh Sadghidizaj. University of Lancaster

Tertulia política y (des)cortesía verbal (2014). Marina Sanz. Universidad de Sevilla.

https://idus.us.es/handle/11441/24302

 

Multilingual couples’ disagreement: Taiwanese partners and their foreign spouses (2016).  Yu-Feng (Yvonne) Chi. Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication, Birkbeck, University of London (Internal examiner). https://vufind.lib.bbk.ac.uk/vufind/Record/562398

La petición en español peninsular:  producción y percepción de la cortesía verbal en las estrategias de petición de hablantes nativos y francófonos de Bélgica (2022).  Aurélie Marsily. Université Catholique de Louvain.

https://dial.uclouvain.be/pr/boreal/object/boreal:262159

 

Research dissemination
 
KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS, CONFERENCE PAPERS, AND INVITED TALKS
 
  • (2022) ‘Emplumado … TÚ NO REPRESENTAS A NADIE’. Discriminación y racismo en Twitter.
 
 
 
 
  • (2021). ‘Avances en la investigación de los actos de habla en el mundo hispánico’, XIX Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina (forma virtual), 8-13 August 2021. [Conferencia invitada] 
 
 
  • (2021). ‘Cortesía y variación pragmática regional,’ University of Princeton, 8 Nov 2021. [Conferencia invitada]
 
  • (2019) Variación regional en un contexto digital, Dept. of Spanish Philology, University of Seville, Seville, 11 November 2019 (Conferencia invitada).
 
  • (2018) “El estudio de prácticas comunicativas en el español ecuatoriano desde la perspectiva de la pragmática”, 1st Symposium on Ecuadorian Spanish, University of Guelph, Canada, 2-3 June 2018 [Conferencia invitada] https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/ses18/speakers
 
 
 
  • (2018) Doing sociability on Facebook in an American network of friends and family, Goldsmiths, University of London, March 2018.
 
  • (2018) Complimenting and responding to compliments on Facebook, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville, 27 October 2018.
 
  • (2018) ‘Interpersonal work in service encounters on Mercado Libre Argentina: A comparison between buyer and vendor patterns across two market domains’ (con Hebe Powell), 11th International Conference on Im/Politeness, Valencia, 4-6 July, 2018. https://congresos.adeituv.es/sympol11/
Other professional activities
  • Editorial board member: 
  • Peer review work:
  • Journals 
  •  Publishing houses 
  • Funding bodies 
  • Academic promotions 
  • Professional memberships