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Dr Jodie Clark

Senior Lecturer In English Language


Summary

I chose linguistics as an area of study when I discovered how much is revealed when you look closely at people’s ‘everyday’ language use – particularly what it reveals about society. In my book Selves, Bodies and the Grammar of Social Worlds (Palgrave), I use grammatical analysis of everyday accounts to explore and reimagine social structures. My method is informed by Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and postmodern social theory.

About

Prior to taking up a post with the English language team at Sheffield Hallam in 2008, I worked and studied in universities in the UK, the US and France. Originally from the east coast of the USA, I taught English at the University of Paris and served as director for a study abroad programme with the University of Strasbourg before moving to the UK. My PhD is from Loughborough University. 

I am the author of Language, Sex and Social Structure: Analysing Discourses of Sexuality (also with Palgrave). I’ve also published articles and chapters that explore social structure using a linguistic politeness approach.  In teaching my aim is to empower students to think critically about the relationships between social structure and language use. 

My podcast, Structured Visions (structuredvisions.wordpress.com), is a good place to hear me informally share my ideas about language and social structure.

 

Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)
Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL)
Language, Gender and Sexuality
Postmodern Social Theory
Queer Theory
Politeness

Teaching

Department of Humanities

Social Sciences and Arts

The Myriad Project (addressing issues of inclusion and diversity in the university context through discussions with students)

English

BA English, BA English Language, MA by Research, PhD

 

Describing Language, Decolonising English, How to be a Linguist, Talk and Interaction, Identity and Power, Revealing Gender

 

Publications

Journal articles

Clark, J. (2013). “Maybe she just hasn’t matured yet” : politeness, gate-keeping and the maintenance of status quo in a communityof practice. Journal of Politeness Research, 9 (2), 211-237. http://doi.org/10.1515/pr-2013-0010

Book chapters

Clark, J. (2021). ‘Gay, aren’t they?' An ethnographic approach to compulsory heterosexuality. In The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality. (pp. 121-135). http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315514857-10

Clark, J. (2011). Relational work in a sporting community of practice. In Davies, B.L., Haugh, M., & Merrison, A.J. (Eds.) Situated politeness. Continuum

Postgraduate supervision

I have been on the supervisory team for the following PhD theses: The non-sexist language debate in French and English, Encounters between theory and practice: Semiotic and pragmatic principles in advertising, Poetic effects and visuospatial form: a relevance-theoretic perspective.

 

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