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Dr Johann Unger

Lecturer & Academic Director

Johann Unger

County South

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YL

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 592591

Office Hours:

County South C79, By arrangement


Research overview

I am currently interested in three main research areas:

  • Online forms of political resistance;
  • Language policy and the politics of language (especially in Scotland);
  • Students' attitudes towards their use of academic language, particularly when they are studying in international contexts.

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: parliamentary debates in Kenya, Arabic media constructions of Iraq; the cultural impact of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the English and German-speaking world; UK Uncut and Twitter; Latin-American identity in the UN mission in Haiti; language policy among proofreaders in Slovenia; public discourse on the financial crisis in Portugal; linguistic identities in Southern China; the construction of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the press; student academic writing.

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

My teaching in 2014-15 is restricted to MA and PhD-level supervision due to a sabbatical term.

In 2013-14 I contributed to the following modules:


  • LING103 - Linguistics
  • LING204 - Discourse Analysis: Looking at Language in use
  • LING250 - British Culture, Language, and Society, 1800 - Present


  • LING402 - Postgraduate Academic Study Skills
  • Hong Kong MA TESOL Foundation Module and Research Methods Module

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