Languages, Media and Politics: Cognitive Linguistic Methods in Discourse Analysis

Funded by CEELBAS research project grant (£5000) and Oxford Social Sciences DTC (ESRC-funded) grant (£1300), and resulted in the international research workshop “Languages, Media and Politics: Cognitive Linguistic Methods in Discourse Analysis”, organised by Dr. Pleshakova and held at St. Anthony’s College, Oxford, September, 2013


The workshop focuses on the application of innovative linguistic methods (qualitative and quantitative: cognitive, computational and corpus) to media and political discourse analysis. The aim is to develop the research methods skills of research students and early-career scholars at Oxford and other CEELBAS universities (, particularly those who are using discourse analysis for interdisciplinary research, both within the social sciences or the humanities and crossing the boundaries between the social sciences and the humanities.

Although this workshop is primarily aimed at Russian and East European Area Studies researchers, it also benefits doctoral students from other social sciences and humanities programmes. The research methods introduced and discussed during the workshop will form a valuable part of the research skills 'tool kit' of every researcher engaged in discourse analysis and can easily be transferred and applied to work with discourses in any language area.

Workshop Programme


9.00 – 10.00  Registration (Deakin Room), Coffee/tea (Fellows Dining Room)

Morning session:

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome and Introduction  - Dr. Roy Allison, Chair of REES MC (University of Oxford) Dr. Anna Pleshakova (University of Oxford)

10.30 – 11.30 Professor Paul Chilton (Lancaster University)

Depending on your Point of View: Spatial Cognition, Discourse and Geopolitics

11.30 – 12.30 Q&A and practical session Prof. Paul Chilton, Dr. Anna Pleshakova, Dr. Steven Clancy

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch (Fellows Dining Room)

13.30 – 14.30 Dr. Chris Hart (Lancaster University)

Grammar, Mind and Ideology: Cognitive Linguistic Tools for Critical Discourse Research

14.30 – 15.30 Q&A and practical session Dr. Chris Hart, Dr. Anna Pleshakova, Dr. Steven Clancy

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee/tea break (Fellows Dining Room)

16.00 – 17.00 Dr. Gabriella Rundblad (King’s College, London)

Framing the invisible: how absent words can speak louder than words

17.00 – 18.00 Q&A and practical session Dr. Gabriella Rundblad, Dr. Anna Pleshakova, Dr. Steven Clancy

18.00 – 19.00 Wine and Refreshments Reception (the Buttery)

19.00 – Dinner at Fellows Dining Room (for workshop speakers)


Morning Session:

9.00 – 10.00 Dr Steven Clancy (Harvard University)

Visualization and Quantitative Analysis of Linguistic Data

10.00 – 11.00 Q&A and practical session Dr. Steven Clancy

11.00-11.30 Coffee/tea break (Fellows Dining Room)

11.30 – 12.30 Professor Seana Coulson (University of California San Diego)

Constructing Conceptual Blending Analyses

12.30 – 13.30 Q&A and practical session Prof. Seana Coulson, Dr. Anna Pleshakova.

13.30 – 14.30 Lunch (Fellows Dining Room)

Afternoon Session:

14.30 – 16.30 Professor Mark Turner (Case Western Reserve University)

Fitting the Social World to the Human Mind, or, How Can Our Local Minds Have Such Vast Ideas?

16.30 – 17.00 Round Table