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Dr Johann Unger

Lecturer & Academic Director

Johann Unger

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 592591

Office Hours:

County South C79

Term 2: Thursdays 2-3pm
Other terms or outside term-time: By arrangement

Research overview

I am currently interested in two main research areas:

  • Language and digitally mediated politics, and particualrly 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: Twitter and political TV talk shows in Chile; Multimodality and semiosis in extremist recruitment materials; Language policy and ideologies in Pakistan; Attitudes towards migrants on Twitter in Saudi Arabia

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 2018-19 I am contributing to teaching on the following modules:


  • LING103 - Linguistics Part I
  • GWS101 - Gender & Women's Studies Part I
  • LING204 - Discourse Analysis: Looking at Language in Use
  • LGSS250 - Understanding Britain: Developments in British Culture, Language and Society (1800-Present)


  • LING442 - Introduction to Discourse Studies
  • LING440 - Critical Discourse Studies
  • LING440tc - Critical Discourse Studies

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