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Dr Johann Unger


Johann Unger

County South



Tel: +44 1524 592591

Office Hours:

Generally Thursdays 15-16, but please contact me via Teams to arrange a meeting if you cannot meet at this time. Please note I work part time and do not work Wednesdays.

Research overview

I am currently interested in two main research areas:

  • Language and digitally mediated politics, and particularly political resistance
  • Language policy and the politics of language

PhD supervision

I am particularly interested in supervising students in the areas of online political resistance, critical discourse analysis and language policy, also more broadly in the areas related to my other research interests (see 'Research Interests' on my staff profile). I am currently supervising or co-supervising students working on: Anti-feminist discourse in online forums; Accounts of sexual harassment among sex-workers; Language policy and ideologies in Pakistan; Attitudes towards migrants on Twitter in Saudi Arabia; Persuasion and manipulation in TED talks

Research Interests

My research to date has been in the following areas:

  • Language Policy
  • Minority Languages
  • Scots
  • Discursive representations of minority languages
  • Discourse sociolinguistics
  • Critical discourse analysis
  • Academic writing
  • Language and gender
  • Cartoons, fairy stories and sexist stereotypes
  • Dialect speech (re)presentation in fiction and non-fiction
  • Dialect and non-standard orthography
  • Political resistance and new media

Current Teaching

In 2022-23 I am contributing to teaching on the following modules:


  • LING102 - English Language Part I
  • LING103 - Linguistics Part I
  • GEN.101 - Gender Studies Part I
  • LING204 - Discourse Analysis: Looking at Language in Use
  • LING232 - Understanding Media


  • LING440 - Critical Discourse Studies

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