- language ideologies
- language in politics and government
- Critical Discourse Studies
- media discourse
- language planning and policy
My current research focuses on how state institutions such as language academies are adapting to new patterns of language innovation, change and standardization in the 21st century.
I am also embarking on a new discourse studies project that considers how language is used at the level of local politcs and devolved government, how this differs from the national level, and what impact this has on the policy-making process in crucial areas like climate change. Working with Dr Michael Kranert, the project will compare case studies in the UK and Germany.