Research Project “Multimodal Communication: Russian TV news

In progress: The research project “Multimodal Communication: Russian TV news" aims to explore the construction of multimodal communication in Russian TV news. The project's aims will be achieved through the creation of the dataset of contemporary Russian TV news on the basis of the international research network/major project on multimodal communication and international TV news ‘Red Hen Lab’ jointly directed by Professor Mark Turner (Case, USA) and Professor Francis Steen (UCLA, USA), and the development and application of the interdisciplinary methodology suitable for multimodal discourse analysis of the respective dataset.

I am currently conducting the research pilot project “Multimodal Analysis of Russian TV News Discourse” supported by three small research grants, which were received from the University of Oxford (VC'D Fund) and CEELBAS ( in December 2015. In the frames of the pilot I have visited Case Western Reserve University (12-19 January 2016) to work with my co-investigator Professor Mark Turner ( and have organised and led the 'Knowledge Exchange' workshop (held at St Antony's College Oxford on the 22nd of January 2016). The knowledge exchange workshop has aimed at presenting and discussing the aims, objectives and research questions of the on-going project on multimodal communication and Russian TV news and of the research projects run by the KE workshop participants and highlighting the challenging questions faced by knowledge exchange partners’ organizations – members of the research project’s Advisory Board - at the earliest possible stage of the pilot, attempting to meet academic and non-academic stakeholders’ needs, thereby ultimately enhancing dissemination and impact.

The ground for this project was set through conducting a number of small research projects having resulted in two research workshops 'Cognitive Linguistic Methods in Cultural Analysis: Interdisciplinary Perspective' and 'Languages, Media and Politics: Cognitive Linguistic Methods in Discourse Analysis'  and the '2015 - Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Conference' as well as a number of publications, namely:

Pleshakova, A. (Forthcoming). Cognitive Approaches to Language and Media Analysis. In C. Cotter and D. Perrin (eds.) The Routledge Handbook on Language and Media. Routledge. 

Pleshakova, A. (2016). Meta-parody in contemporary Russian media: viewpoint blending behind Dmitry Bykov’s 2009 poem “Infectious”. Lege Artis. Language yesterday, today, tomorrow. Vol. 1, issue 1, June 2016, pp. 202-274. De Gruyter Open. Available at

Pleshakova, A. (September 2014), Strike, Accident, Risk, and Counterfactuality: Hidden Meanings of the Post-Soviet Russian News Discourse of the Nineties via Conceptual Blending. Language and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language and Cognitive Science. Vol. 6, issue 3, September 2014, pp. 301-306. Cambridge University Press.

Pleshakova, A. and K.M., Quilan. (2013) Toward a Theory of Interdisciplinarity:  An Example of Conceptual Integration in Teaching and Learning in Area Studies. Russian Language Journal. A Journal of the American Council of Teachers of Russian. Vol. 63, pp. 169-195.

Pleshakova, A. (2010), Werewolves in Epaulettes, in: F. Parril, V. Tobin, M. Turner (eds.). ‘Meaning, Form, and Body’. CSLI, Stanford. 2010.