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Andrea Mayr

Dr Andrea Mayr


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Andrea Mayr is Lecturer in Modern English Language and Linguistics. Her research and teaching interests are in the area of sociolinguistics, multimodal critical discourse analysis and the language of crime and deviance in the media. She is the author of Prison discourse: language as a means of control and resistance (2004) and lead author and editor of Language and power: an introduction to institutional discourse (2008).  Her third book, co-written with her colleague, Paul Simpson, for the Routledge RELI series, called 'Language and Power' , was published in September 2010. Her two most recent books, 'The Language of Crime and Deviance' (Continuum) and 'How to do Critical Discourse Analysis: A Multimodal introduction' (Sage), were published in April 2012. Her other research includes the study of multiculturalism and antiracism in the printed regional (English and Northern Irish) press, representations of food on Reality TV, prisoner autobiography and the linguistic analysis of True Crime Literature. 

Research Statement

Andrea Mayr's most recent books for Continuum (now Bloomsbury) and Sage, were published in April 2012. Her present research interests are the linguistic analysis of True Crime literature, media respresentations of (corporate) crime and the semiotics of graffiti. She is currently writing a chapter on institutional discourse for the second edition of  the Handbook of Discourse Analysis (ed. by Deborah Schiffrin and Deborah Tannen), published by Wiley-Blackwell, and a journal article for Discourse Studies on the linguistic and visual representation of sex offenders on Crimewatch. She is also involved in the planning stage of a AHRC funded collaborative project (Journalism Studies at Sheffield University) on the semiotics of popular journalism in the UK press.

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