List of upcoming talks

Here you will find the list of talks/topics for this year’s Seminar Series filed under their respective dates. All presentations are from 2:10-3:00p.m on Fridays unless otherwise stated.

For more detailed information please select the specific date/presenter/talk from the drop-down list above (click on the PG Seminar Series tab). Feel free to leave comments/questions where appropriate. If you have any questions please email me @ (but please do read the footnotes at the bottom first).

Schedule of presentations for Autumn Semester 2015:

16/10/2015 — Neil E.J.A Bowen: Modelling systemic choice in writing in real-time (dynamic vs. synoptic descriptions)

23/10/2015 — Boitshwarelo Rantsudu: Patterns of attribution in news coverage of a public sector workers’ strike in two Botswana newspapers.

30/10/2015 — No talk

06/11/2015Dorottya Cserző: ‘It was a place where we were connected’: Affordances in personal video-conferencing

13/11/2015 — Jaspal Naveel Singh: “Direct” indexicality and re-scaling in the internationalisation of hip hop culture

20/11/2015 — No talk

27/11/2015Susan Reichelt:  Authenticity and authorship in fictional television series

04/12/2015 — Miriam P. Veneros: Narrative Voice in Science Popularizations from the British Press: Epistemological Positioning and Attribution Patterns

11/12/2015 — Zayneb’s talk has now been moved to Jan 29th. Please feel free to volunteer for this slot.

___________12/12/2015 – 03/01/2016 Christmas recess ___________

Schedule of presentations for Spring Semester 2016:

08/01/2016 — Available

15/01/2016 — David Schönthal: Expert and non-expert sorting strategies for core and idiosyncratic examples of English of-NPs

22/01/2016 (3:10-4:00pm) — Argyro Kantara: Hybridity in broadcast political news interviews

29/01/2016 — Zayneb Al Bundawi: Who am I? Defining oneself through narratives

05/02/2016 — (RM 3.58) Piotr Wegorowski: “They firefight. We do all the nitty gritty stuff”: Professional identity construction in neighbourhood policing

12/02/2016 — Nadia Elias: Marked Theme Role in Achieving Topical Coherence in Discourse in English

19/02/2016 — Zeen Al-Rasheed: Negative and positive evaluative language: A comparative study on British news reports of the ISIS conflict in Iraq and Syria using Appraisal theory.

26/02/2016 — Jessi Fraser: The role of hypothetical speech in identity construction in closing arguments

04/03/2016 — Mohammed Altheeby: Title forthcoming

11/03/2016 — Giulia Baker: Do you get it? An Investigation of Primary School Children’s Comprehension of Verbal Ambiguities in Joking Riddles

18/03/2016 — Eimi Watanabe: The Effect of Prior Knowledge on Attitudes towards Bilinguals

__________ 19/03/2016 – 10/04/2016 Easter Recess __________

15/04/2016 — Najwa Alzahrani: Title forthcoming

22/04/2016 — Hossein Rezaie Adriani: Title forthcoming

29/04/2016 — Emily Powell: Title forthcoming

06/05/2016 — Areej Dawood: Cancelled

13/05/2016 — Paul Kelly: Title forthcoming | Lauren O’Hagan: Title forthcoming

20/05/2016 — Xin Dai:

Evaluations in Sentencing Remarks of Murder Cases in England and Wales

27/05/2016 — Yasser Altameemi: Representation of responses to a political crisis

27/05/2016 — Areej Dawood: Mitigation in Prime Minister’s Question Time of British Parliament

03/06/2016 — Gareth Monk: Title forthcoming

10/06/2016 — Tina Pereira: Title forthcoming

__________ 13/06/2016 – 14/06/2016 Annual PGR Conference __________

* If I left anyone off the list I apologize in advance. Please email me ( to let me know ASAP.

**Please feel free to swop slots amongst yourselves, but do let me know so that I can update the schedule.

***Also, please can you email me your titles and abstracts at least a week before your talk; i.e. on the Thursday of the previous week. That way we can promote your talk in the previous Friday’s seminar and make sure that everyone has time to read your abstract.

Many thanks, Neil.



  • Xin Dai

    Hi everyone! Could any one tell me what the specific time and place of the seminar is?

    • Neil Bowen

      Hi Xin. If you click on the ‘Home’ tab (above) this will give you more details. Neil.

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