Terry McDonough

PhD student

Research Overview

I advocate an interdisciplinary approach to the study of discourse and cognition. Bringing together (Critical) Discourse Analysis, Cognitive Linguistics, and Cognitive Neuroscience, I explore the question of what it means to make meaning.

I propose two interdependent research programmes. The first is the development of a framework to assess the phenomenon of discourse coherence, or how texts and discourses appear to ‘make sense’. With the second, I aim to develop a systematic method for the analysis of text and discourse that identifies correlations between the conceptual properties of language and the underpinning neural substrate. What does our brain do when we encounter text, talk, and discourse? How does meaning ‘happen’? Why is experience meaningful?

Review of Richardson (2017) British Fascism: A Discourse-Historical Analysis
McDonough, T. 10/12/2017 In: Discourse and Society.
Book/Film/Article review

Jonathan Charteris-Black, Fire Metaphors Discourses of Awe and Authority
McDonough, T. 1/12/2017 In: Discourse and Communication. 11, 6, 3 p.
Book/Film/Article review

Editorial: Creating a Third Space
McDonough, T. 1/06/2017 In: PRISM . 1, 1, 13 p.

Imagining the Market: Simulation and Grounded Cognition
McDonough, T. 10/05/2017
Conference paper

Fields of conceptual coherence: how "making-sense" makes sense
McDonough, T. 19/07/2016
Conference paper

Cognitive economies: the entrenchment of the market in the discourse of pedagogic life
McDonough, T. 18/05/2016
Conference paper

The "general peculiarity" of temporal particularity
McDonough, T. 2015
Conference paper

Part One: English Language
McDonough, T. 1/09/2014 In: English language, literature and creative writing. Anthem Press p. 3-20. 18 p. ISBN: 1783082887, 9781783082889.

The New American Empire and the Electronic Revolution
McDonough, T. 2008 In: East Lancashire Research Journal. 1, 2, p. 107-124. 18 p.
Journal article