Based in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, DisTex brings together researchers interested in how meaning is made in different contexts, modes and genres of communication.  Adopting and developing a broad range of theoretical and methodological perspectives in text and discourse analysis, our research addresses the social, historical, cognitive and interactional dimensions of semiosis in specific communicative settings.  Particular strands of research within DisTex include:

  • Pragmatics – politeness/impoliteness, historical pragmatics
  • Stylistics – cognitive stylistics, corpus stylistics, mind style in fiction
  • Critical Discourse Studies (CDS) – cognitive CDS, corpus CDS, multimodal and digitally mediated CDS, critical metaphor analysis, identity construction, language policy and ideology, representations of migrants and migration, representations of social movements
  • Corpus-Assisted Discourse Studies – representation of identities and concepts in news media, social media, legal and religious texts, diachronic analysis
  • Forensic Linguistics – conflict and aggression in online discourse, language as evidence, legal document analysis
  • Medical humanities/health communication – mental illness in fictional and non-fictional narratives, figurative language and chronic pain; metaphor and cancer; metaphor and end-of-life care
  • Business and corporate communication – corporate identity and branding, legitimation in stakeholder documents
  • Ecolinguistics – representations of climate change, representations of animals
  • Language, gender and sexuality – intersection of gender and sexuality with other identities, representation of those identity groups and language use by such identity groups

DisTex is a large research cluster which was formed in 2016 to celebrate long-standing strengths in various fields of text and discourse research.  It has a number of more specific research groups associated with it, including the Language, Ideology and Power group (LIP) and the Forensic Linguistics Research Group (FORGE).

We have a seminar series which runs in Terms 1 and 2 (see Programme).  If you are interested in speaking or for any queries please contact Chris Hart.