Language in the Media Reading Group

Organisers: Adrian Yip (, Songyan Du (

This reading group welcomes anyone who is interested in language in the media. We are curious to learn how linguists from different disciplines and traditions address the complexity of the ever-changing mediascape. We discuss theories, methodologies and a variety of topics concerning language in the media.

We meet every two weeks (tentative: Friday 11am). We have planned six meetings including one planning meeting, two invited presentations and three discussion sessions of papers. Each meeting lasts for 1-1.5 hours.

For a regular reading group, the format is open discussion of one to two papers on the topic of the week. Each participant spends around two minutes to share any thoughts/comments/questions about the readings. After everyone has their turn, the group can freely select any interesting points/ideas for more thorough discussions.

For an invited presentation, a guest speaker will be invited to present their research/facilitate a workshop that is of interest to the members of the reading group. Before the talk/workshop, the group will read and discuss papers from the invited guest.

Please contact us for meeting links if you would like to attend any session.


  • 16 October Friday, 11am, Planning Meeting
    • Androutsopoulos, J. (2016). Theorizing media, mediation and mediatization. In N. Coupland (Ed.), Sociolinguistics: theoretical debates (pp. 282-302). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
    • Blommaert, J. (2017). Durkheim and the Internet: On sociolinguistics and the sociological imagination. (Tilburg Papers in Culture Studies; No. 173). (Optional)
    • Presenters: Adrian Yip, Songyan Du
  • 30 October, Friday 11am, Social media and identities
    • Leppänen, S., Kytölä, S., Jousmäki, H., Peuronen, S., & Westinen, E. (2014). Entextualization and resemiotization as resources for identification in social media. In The language of social media (pp. 112-136). Palgrave Macmillan, London.
    • Zappavigna, M. (2014). Enacting identity in microblogging through ambient affiliation. Discourse & Communication, 8(2), 209–228.
  • 13 November, Friday, 11am, Authenticity, fake news
    • Smith, C. (2019). Weaponized iconoclasm in Internet memes featuring the expression ‘Fake News’. Discourse & Communication, 13(3), 303-319.
    • Martin, D. (2020). Third spaces, sequencing, and intertextuality:(De)constructing misinformation and fake news. In M. Thrice and J. Jones (Eds). Platforms, protests, and the challenge of networked democracy (pp. 135-156). Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.
  • 27 November, Friday, 11am, Discourse of COVID-19
    • Prieto-Ramos, F., Pei, J., & Cheng, L. (2020). Institutional and news media denominations of COVID-19 and its causative virus: Between naming policies and naming politics. Discourse & Communication14(6), 635-652.
    • Semino, E. (2020). “Not Soldiers but Fire-fighters”–Metaphors and Covid-19. Health Communication, 1-9. 
    • Kranert, M., Attolino, P., Berrocal, M., Bonatti Santos, J. A., Santamaria, S. G., Henaku, N., Lezou Koffi, A. D., Marziani, C., Mažeikienė, V., Pérez, D.O., Rajandran, K. & Salamurović, A. (2020). COVID-19: The World and the Words. Linguistic means and discursive constructions (No. 2/9). DiscourseNet Collaborative Working Paper Series.
  • 4 December, Friday, 11am, Multimodality, visual grammar
    • Stöckl, H. (2019). Linguistic Multimodality–Multimodal Linguistics: A State-of-the-Art Sketch. In J. Wildfeuer, et al. (Eds.) Multimodality: Disciplinary Thoughts and the Challenge of Diversity, (pp. 41-68). Walter de Gruyter.
    • Stöckl, H. (2020). Image-Centricity–When Visuals Take Center Stage. Analyses and Interpretations of a Current (News) Media Practice. In H. Stöckl, et al. (Eds.) Routledge Studies in Multimodality, (pp. 19-41). Routledge.
    • Guest Speaker: Professor Hartmut Stöckl
  • 17 December, Thursday, 12pm, Language in films (date and time updated)
    • Pérez-González, L. (2007). Appraising dubbed conversation: Systemic functional insights into the construal of naturalness in translated film dialogue. The Translator, 13(1), 1-38.
    • Pérez-González, L. (2013). Co-creational subtitling in the digital media: Transformative and authorial practices. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 16(1), 3-21.
    • Guest Speaker: Professor Luis Perez-Gonzalez

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