LAEL Postgraduate Conference 2021

JKP-140620-9044We are pleased to announce the 15th annual Lancaster Linguistics and English Language Postgraduate Conference which will take place on 23rd-24th July 2021 and will be online.

This conference is designed to give linguistics postgraduates from various areas in linguistics an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting. The conference is organized by postgraduate students under the auspices of the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University.

Registration is now closed

Keynote speakers

Professor Elena Semino and Professor Veronika Koller

Soldiers, firefighters and hedgehogs: Metaphors for Covid-19 and why they matter

Professor Paul Baker

The Language of Violent Jihad: a corpus analysis of online propaganda texts

Dr Johnny Unger

Digitally mediated critical discourse studies in an age of pandemics and polarisation: challenges and more challenges


Critical Discourse Studies & Multimodality (Jess Aiston)
Discourses of Health (Chloe Humphreys & Poppy Plumb)
Discourse and Social Media (Jess Aiston & Christos Sagredos)
Digital Approaches to SLA (Noah Zhu)
Digital approaches to Psycholinguistics (Hanna Schmueck)
Cognitive Linguistics (Maya Zara)
Literacy as Social Practice (Emily Peach)
Pragmatics & SLA (Afrah Ali)

Book of abstracts here

Conference programme


Friday 23rd July (BST Time)





OPENING of the conference

Welcome from LAEL (Prof. Jonathan Culpeper)

Virtual Room 1


PANEL 1: Discourses of Health
(Chairs: Chloe Humphreys & Poppy Plumb)
Virtual Room 1
PANEL 2: Cognitive Linguistics

(Chair: Maya Zara)
Virtual Room 2



Analysing the use of metaphors in Spanish patients’ narratives
Jennifer MorenoJaume I University

Language use during problem solving tasks: a cognitive discourse analysis
Aimun Noor
Air University Islamabad


Genre as a resource to create credibility in alternative health information online
Dominick A. Boyle
University of Basel

COVID19 and ‘Lockdown’: New Experience, New Frames
Museerah Nisar
Air University Islamabad

BREAK – Social Breaktime in Virtual Room 1, hosted by William Dance



Writing for multiple addressees: Linguistic features of Swedish medical recordsAnna Smålander
Lund University

How do route descriptions in spatial tasks inform us about the spatial schemas at work?
Rabbia Noreen
Air University Islamabad


A Corpus-Based Study on Modal Verbs in Medical Interpretation
Zhiwei WangUniversity of Science and Technology, Beijing

Imagining Ekphrasis in Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye
Polina GavinAston University




Visual Metaphor and Metonymy as Means to Evade Censorship in Algerian Political Cartoons (1992-2002)
 Sabrina Toumi
Cardiff University 
12.45-13.45 LUNCH – Virtual rooms closed


Prof. Paul BakerThe Language of Violent Jihad: a corpus analysis of online propaganda texts
Virtual Room 1
PANEL 3: Discourse & Social Media
(Chairs: Jess Aiston & Christos Sagredos)
Virtual Room 1
PANEL 4: Literacy as Social Practice
(Chair: Emily Peach)Virtual Room 2


Twitter language practices of Saudi postgraduate scholarship academics in the UK
Badryah Almesfer
Newcastle University

Achieving course goals and responding to the learners: a comparison of four experienced teachers working in the same context
Andrew ScottLancaster University




Understanding Rape Culture through #HijaAko: A Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis
Aileen BautistaDe La Salle University



Visual rhetoric in internet memes

Daniel Tamm
Lancaster University



Between the ordinary and Extraordinary: Styling the Religious Life on Instagram
Andre Joseph ThengThe University of Edinburgh



Writing practices across the lifespan: the transition from school to university


Soledad Montes

Lancaster University


BREAK – Social Breaktime in Virtual Room 1, hosted by Prof. Paul Baker



Complimenting behaviour on Instagram: The case of Bookstagram
Chara VlachakiUniversity of Brighton


Language Standards in an Unstandardised Language: The Orthographies and Ideologies of Scots users on Twitter
Hamish PottingerLancaster University




Saudis in the Eyes of the Other: A Corpus-driven critical discourse study of the representation of Saudis on Twitter
Faizah AlanaziLancaster University

The Early Stages of the Multilingual College Email Corpus (MCEC): A Resource for Researchers and Language InstructorsDamian Romero, Wei Xu, Maria Laura Viale, Hui Wang, Peiwen Su,Hanyu Jia

University of Arizona




PLENARY 2Dr. Johnny Unger

Digitally mediated critical discourse studies in an age of pandemics and polarisation: challenges and more challenges
Virtual Room 1


19.15-19.45 BREAK – Social Breaktime in Virtual Room 1, hosted by Dr. Johnny Unger


Virtual Room 1




Saturday 24th July (BST Time)


PANEL 5: Critical Discourse Studies & Multimodality

(Chair: Jess Aiston)
Virtual Room 1

PANEL 6: Digital Approaches to SLA

(Chair: Noah Zhu)
Virtual Room 2



COVID 19: Constructing a specialised sample corpus to test trends in deontic obligation
Thomas HammondUniversity of Sheffield 

Corpus-based Multi-dimensional Analysis of Register Features for Translation and Interpreting Taking National Defense Discourse as an Example
Li XinyuUniversity of Science and Technology Beijing


From Research Articles to Press Releases: Recontextualization of Researcher Accomplishments for Marketization in Higher Education
Guo XiaomengHong Kong Baptist University

Multilingual transfer. L1 morphosyntax in L3 French
Chandeera Gunawardena
University of York


A Multimodal Corpus-Assisted Discourse Analysis of Saudi Women Representations and Newsworthiness in the UK and Saudi News Media Pre- and Post-Driving Ban LiftDina SibaiUniversity of Reading

A Corpus-Based Analysis of the Conjunctive Adverb “However” in Academic Writing: Comparing Native and Non-Native Writers of English


Gizem Çırakoğlu

Eastern Mediterranean University


BREAK – Social Breaktime in Virtual Room 1, hosted by Prof. Veronika Koller




The depoliticisation of feminist linguistic innovations?

The case of English gendered neologisms


Océane Foubert

The University of Lille


Digital Flashcards for Autonomous Learning: How acceptable are they among Japanese high school students?


Peter Clynes

University of Leicester




From stars to avalanches: metaphorical representations of immigrants in Brazilian and American media
Cássio Morosini FilhoFederal University of Minas Gerais






LUNCH – Virtual rooms closed

PANEL 7: Digital Approaches to Psycholinguistics

(Chair: Hanna Schmück)
Virtual Room 1

PANEL 8: Pragmatics & SLA

(Chair: Afrah Ali)
Virtual Room 2



Examining Grammatical Gender Transfer in the Bilingual Mind
Arpita GargeshBangor University

In-group and Out-group Discourse in Peer Interaction during Online Collaborative Writing
Azar TajabadiArak University


‘Like a rolling stone’: How similes differentiate from literal comparisons?
Xinxin YanUniversity College London

Faculty Perceptions of Politeness in ESL College Students’ Requestive Emails
Afrah AliLancaster University

BREAK – Social Breaktime in Virtual Room 1, hosted by LAEL PG Conference Committee



Center-embedding in the acquisition of Mandarin relative clauses by Mandarin-speaking monolingual and heritage Mandarin-English bilingual children
Shijie ZhangLancaster University

ELT textbook development and use: Disagreement in Chinese College English textbooksYi ZhangUniversity of Warwick


The textual and psycholinguistic reality of collocation networks
Hanna SchmückLancaster University


The effects of explicit pragmatic instruction of conversational implicatures on developing appropriate language choices of non-native speakers: an experimental study
Albandary AlhammadUniversity of Liverpool

BREAK – Social Breaktime in Virtual Room 2, hosted by Prof. Elena Semino



Prof. Elena Semino & Prof. Veronika KollerSoldiers, firefighters and hedgehogs: Metaphors for Covid-19 and why they matter
Virtual Room 2

Virtual Room 2




  1. Diana Abat, Nazarbayev University
    A Corpus-based Approach in ELT


  1. Norah Al Fawaz, Lancaster University
    Multi-cultural comparative analysis of legitimization strategies in military discourse: The discursive construction of armed interventions in the Middle East


  1. Dalia Asseel,University of Jeddah
    Seeing the unseen: Gendered Euphemism in Animated Films. A Multimodal and Critical Discourse Study


  1. John Bandman, Lancaster University
    Comparative statistical analyses of the effect on ESL students’ written performances when repeating integrated listening-to-write tasks


  1. Zhuomin ChenUniversity of Cambridge
    Tonal adaptation of English loanwords in contemporary Cantonese: A perception-based experiment


  1. Xiang Huang, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
    Is obesity just a health issue? Metaphorical framings of obesity in Weibo


  1. Yuxin Lu, Lancaster University
    The Automaticity of Reading: Evidence from a Chinese-English Bilingual Stroop Task


  1. Beatriz Martín-Gascón, Universidad de Córdoba
    “Covidartmuseum”: Reframing COVID19


  1. Nadine Nasef, Misr International University, Egypt
    Language Socialization: Are We Socially Staying Connected to Society?


  1. Christina Sook Beng Ong, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
    Analysis of MAKE Light Verb Constructions in Malaysian English


  1. Ekaterina Privalikhina, Siberian Federal University
    Conceptualization of emotions in American and Russian sign languages: cognitive approach


12. Yuze Sha, Lancaster University

Linguistic representations of bitches & bastards in Spoken BNC2014