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Language, Power and Institution

Unit(s) of assessment: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management

School: School of Arts and Humanities


Researchers in the Centre for Inequality, Culture and Difference are profoundly aware how analysis of all forms of communication must engage with the power and the practices of institution. To this end, researchers in the Language, Power and Institution group bring analytical skills and insights drawn from critical journalism studies, socio-linguistics, forensic linguistics, critical stylistics, cultural studies and political communication to bear on a wide range of institutions and social practices.

Specific research foci include journalism and gender, popular media and sexuality, news reporting and mental illness, language in law and as evidence, regional linguistic variation and identity, and political communication in the contexts of colonialism and foreign aid. Research done by this group aims not simply at developing new knowledge and understandings, but also at changing attitudes and practices.

Thus, for example, some of the work aims to raise awareness of regional language variation and to map and preserve a record of threatened varieties while other parts of it work to apply language analysis to help improve the delivery of justice.