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Roberta Piazza
Reader in English Language and Linguistics (English)
T: +44 (0)1273 872569


My research interests are in the areas of discourse analysis and pragmatics, stylistics and sociolinguistics (especially media discourse and the discourse of identity). I have co-edited a number of volumes in these last three areas of research: Telecinematic Discourse (John Benjamins with Bednarek, M. and Rossi, F. 2011); Marked Identities (Palgrave, with Fasulo, A. 2014) and Values and Choices in Television Discourse (Palgrave with Haarman, L. and Caborn, A. 2015). My monograph on the discourse of Italian cinema for the stylistics series of Continuum came out in 2011.  I have published  articles in edited volumes and international peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Language & Literature, Journal of Pragmatics and Discourse & Society).

With the University of Siena in Italy I worked on an EU-funded international project on the representation of European identity in British and Italian TV news (IntUne), which resulted in the co-authored paper [with Williams, G. and Giuliani, D.] ‘Nation and supernation: a tale of three Europes’ in G. Williams and P. Bailey eds. 2012 The Discourse of Europe Oxford OUP, 55-83. With the University of Bologna I worked on a funded project on the representation of the 2003 Iraq war, resulting in the chapter ‘This is a war of words': News is reporting what was said: techniques for attribution in Italian TG5 and RAI1, American CBS and BBC newsreaders' and reporters' discourse of the 2003 Iraq war', in L. Haarman and L. Lombardo eds., Iraq War on Television, London, Continuum and the co-authored paper (with Haarman, L.) 'Patterns and functions of human interest stories in three corpora of TV Iraq war news'  Journal of Pragmatics (2011).

I supervise PhD students on issues of identity, academic discourse and classroom interaction, stylistics.