Professor Greg Myers

Professor

Research Interests

My best-known work focused on the social context of written academic texts, especially in science, treating such issues as politeness, cohesion, narrative structure, commonplaces, and illustration, drawing on frameworks from the sociology of scientific knowledge. More recent work has studied expression of opinions in talk, particularly in focus groups and consultation processes; the approach is largely through conversation analysis. I have written five books: Writing Biology: Texts in the Social Construction of Science (Wisconsin, 1990), Words in Ads (Arnold, 1994), Ad Worlds: Brands, Media, Audiences (Arnold, 1998), Matters of Opinion: Talking about Public Issues (Cambridge, 2004, and Discourse of Blogs and Wikis (Continuum, 2010). See my blog on this topic at The Language of Blogs.

My research with Sofia Lampropoulou (Liverpool) has drawn on an ESRC-funded project on 'The Construction of Stance in Social Research Interviews'.

Until 2015 I edited the Elsevier journal Discourse Context & Media. (The new editor is Ruth Page, Birmingham) I am also on the Editorial Boards of the journals Applied Linguistics, Discourse & Society, ESPecialist, Language in Society, Language Teaching Research, Science as Culture, Text & Talk, and Written Communication. With Ruth Wodak, I edited the John Benjamins book series Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society, and Culture (current editors are Johnny Unger, Andreas Musolff, and Jo Angouri).

In 2011 I was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. I have been active in the Ross Priory seminars on Broadcast Talk since 1995. I was Chair (2012-15) of BAAL, the British Association for Applied Linguistics. (The current chair is Tess Fitzpatrick, Cardiff).

Laughter, non-seriousness and transitions in social research interview transcripts
Myers, G.A., Lampropoulou, S. 02/2016 In: Qualitative Research. 16, 1, p. 78-94. 17 p.
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What Place References Can Do in Social Research Interviews
Myers, G., Lampropoulou, S. 06/2013 In: Discourse Studies. 15, 3, p. 333-351.
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Stance-taking in interviews from the Qualidata Archive
Lampropoulou, S., Myers, G. 01/2013 In: Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research. 14, 1
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Impersonal you and stance-taking in social research interviews
Myers, G., Lampropoulou, S. 2012 In: Journal of Pragmatics. 44, 10, p. 1206-1218. 13 p.
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Stance-taking and public discussion in blogs.
Myers, G. 11/2010 In: Critical Discourse Studies. 7, 4, p. 263-275. 13 p.
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The discourse of blogs and wikis.
Myers, G. 2010 London : Continuum. 180 p. ISBN: 978-1-8470-6414-1.
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Analysing Research Interviews.
Abell, J., Myers, G. 17/06/2008 In: Qualitative Discourse Analysis in the Social Sciences. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 145-161. 17 p. ISBN: 9780230019867.
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Analysing interaction in broadcast debates.
Myers, G. 2008 In: Qualitative discourse analysis in the social sciences. Basingstoke, UK : Palgrave Macmillan p. 121-144. 24 p. ISBN: 9780230019867.
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Commonplaces in risk talk: Face threats and forms of interaction.
Myers, G. 1/04/2007 In: Journal of Risk Research. 10, 3, p. 285-305. 21 p.
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Enabling talk: How the facilitator shapes a focus group.
Myers, G. 01/2007 In: Text and Talk. 27, 1, p. 79-105. 27 p.
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Where are you from?: Identifying place in talk.
Myers, G. 06/2006 In: Journal of Sociolinguistics. 10, 3, p. 320-343. 24 p.
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Applied Linguists and Institutions of Opinion
Myers, G. 2005 In: Applied Linguistics. 26, 4, p. 527-544. 18 p.
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Focus groups.
MacNaghten, P., Myers, G. 2004 In: Qualitative research practice. London : Sage p. 65-79. 15 p. ISBN: 0761947760.
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Matters of opinion: talking about public issues.
Myers, G. 2004 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. 258 p. ISBN: 0521793122.
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Risk and face: a review of the six studies.
Myers, G. 07/2003 In: Health, Risk and Society. 5, 2, p. 216-220. 5 p.
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Discourse studies of scientific popularisation: questioning the boundaries.
Myers, G. 05/2003 In: Discourse Studies. 5, 2, p. 265-279. 15 p.
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I’m out of it; you guys argue: making an issue of it on the Jerry Springer Show.
Myers, G. 2001 In: Television talk shows: discourse, performance, spectacle. New Jersey : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates p. 173-192. 20 p.
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Entitlement and sincerity in broadcast interviews about Princess Diana.
Myers, G. 03/2000 In: Media, Culture and Society. 22, 2, p. 167-185. 19 p.
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Analysis of conversation and talk.
Myers, G. 2000 In: Qualitative researching with image text and sound: a practical handbook. London : Sage p. 191-206. 16 p. ISBN: 0761964819.
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Becoming a group: face and sociability in moderated discussions.
Myers, G. 2000 In: Discourse and social life. Harlow : Longman Pearson p. 121-137. 17 p. ISBN: 0582404681.
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Mediating global citizenship.
Szerszynski, B., Urry, J., Myers, G. 2000 In: The Daily Globe: environmental change, the public and the media. London : Earthscan p. 97-114. 18 p. ISBN: 1853836648.
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Unspoken speech: hypothetical reported discourse and the rhetoric of everyday talk.
Myers, G. 2000 In: Text. 19, p. 571-590. 20 p.
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Functions of reported speech in group discussions.
Myers, G. 09/1999 In: Applied Linguistics. 20, 3, p. 376-401. 26 p.
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Ad worlds: brands, media, audiences.
Myers, G. 1999 London : Arnold. 246 p. ISBN: 0340700068.
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Can focus groups be analysed as talk?
Myers, G., MacNaghten, P. 1999 In: Developing focus group research: politics, theory, and practice. London : Sage p. 173-185. 13 p. ISBN: 0761955674.
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Interaction in writing: principles and problems.
Myers, G. 1999 In: Writing: text, processes, and practices. Harlow : Addison Wesley Longman p. 40-61. 22 p. ISBN: 0582317509.
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Scientific expertise in everyday argument.
Myers, G. 1999 In: Forms of argumentative discourse.. Bologna : CLUEB p. 71-82. 12 p.
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Rhetorics of environmental sustainability : places and commonplaces.
Myers, G., MacNaghten, P. 1998 In: Environment and Planning A. 30, 2, p. 333-353. 21 p.
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