Professor Alison Sealey


Research Overview

My research is concerned with the interaction between structured social relations, people’s goals and interests, and the part played by discursive patterns in sustaining or challenging these. I often use corpus-assisted approaches to discourse analysis, and work with researchers in other disciplines to explore the potential of these methods beyond applied linguistics.

I am the co-investigator on a project that is researching the discursive representation of animals ( This interest arises from a more general concern with the links between language use and social relationships and processes.

I am also collaborating with a political scientist on research into parliamentary language.