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Terry McDonough

Lancaster University

County South

LA1 4YL

Lancaster

Research overview

I am a cognitive linguist with a background in discourse analysis and text linguistics. I advocate an interdisciplinary approach to the study of discourse and cognition with an emphasis on achieving neurobiological plausibility. To meet this aim, I subscribe to the Neural Theory of Language (NTL) developed by the ICBS team at UC Berkeley.

Profile

I studied English Language and Linguistics at Lancaster University. I later returned to Lancaster to work towards my PhD in Linguistics (Research Only) under the guidance of Chris Hart. Here I am a member of the Discourse and Text (DisTex), and the Language, Ideology and Power (LIP) research groups. I am a full member of the UK Cognitive Linguistics Association (UK-CLA) and the Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network (CDSS). I am also Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of the journal PRISM.

Teaching is a privilege. Starting at Liverpool Hope University as an Associate Lecturer in Linguistics, I later moved to the University Centre at Blackburn College (UCBC) where I am a Lecturer in English Language. I am a module convener on both the BA (Hons) English Language and the BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology undergraduate degree programmes, both of which are validated and awarded by Lancaster University. I also actively support and supervise student-led research.

Scholars have a duty to the communities they serve. I believe passionately that knowledge and learning ought to be accessible to all. For this reason, I co-founded the Ragged Alliance in association with the Ragged University. Delivering free talks in the local community, the Ragged Alliance is an initiative designed to promote open access and public debate. I also deliver a free and open public course in critical language awareness each year.

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