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Paul Simpson

Professor Paul Simpson

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Paul Simpson is Professor of English Language and Head of the School of English at Queen's University Belfast. He teaches and researches in many areas of English language and linguistics, and his publications include, inter alia, studies of the sociolinguistic features of pop singing styles, the pragmatics of advertising discourse and the linguistic patterns of verbal humour. He is best known for his books and articles in stylistics and critical linguistics. His books include Language, Ideology and Point of View and Language through Literature, both published by Routledge, and he is the co-editor of Language, Discourse and Literature (Unwin Hyman). Up to the end of 2009, he was the Editor of Language and Literature which is a leading impact-factored journal published four times a year by Sage, and he is now a member of the Editorial Board of this journal. Simpson is the current Chair of the international Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA). With the assistance of an AHRC grant, he published a monograph on the discourse of humour (On the Discourse of Satire, Benjamins 2003), which examines the communicative dynamics of contemporary satirical discourse. His textbook, Stylistics, was published in a second edition by Routledge in 2014 while his sixth book, a co-authored project entitled Language and Power, appeared in 2009. 





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Simpson continues to develop his research in pragmatics, stylistics, discourse analysis and critical linguistics. He has just completed a co-authored article on the mediated representation in discourse of an (allegedly) racist incident, scheduled for publication in the journal ‘Discourse and Society’. He is currently developing a monograph on the discourse of irony, alongside an article for journal submission which offers a quantitative analysis of the cross-cultural patterns in the production and reception of irony.


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