Amir H. Y. Salama


PhD in English Linguistics & Discourse Studies. Currently, I am a Visiting Research Associate (2011-2014) at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences , Lancaster University, UK. My academic advisors are Professor Tony McEnery and Dr Paul Baker .

My post-graduate studies have been focused on the discursive representations of Wahhabi-Saudi Islam (or, rather reductively, 'Wahhabism') in the United States post-9/11. These representations, I argue, have been ideologically recontextualised across opposing discourses via collocation. A synergy of critical discourse analysis (CDA) and corpus methods has been operationalised towards analytically revealing the ideological assumptions (anti-Wahhabi vs. pro-Wahhabi) encoded implicitly behind the overt lexico-grammatical structure of collocation. The data used for analysis are polemic books that address the discourse topic of 'Wahhabi' Islam in meaningful antagonism. Lying at a cross-discplinary point of research, my project has reached a wide-ranging array of findings, where collocation is interfaced with ideology, cognition, social semiotics, interdiscursivity, and pragmatic fallacies.

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in the following research areas:

  • Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)
  • Corpus Linguistics (CL)
  • Text linguistics
  • Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG)
  • Meta-religious discourse
  • Collocation-ideology interface
  • Argumentation schemes
  • Social semiotics