I have lectured in the areas of linguistics, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis at Sheffield Hallam University since 1990. I research language use and interaction in institutional, intercultural and electronic contexts. I have published in the area of health care, the negotiation of meaning in intercultural settings and the debate around 'deprived' children's language skills. I am Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Politeness Research and have recently published a book on indirectness (with Sara Mills).
In my teaching career, I have been Course Leader for several degrees: BA Communication Studies (2008-11), BA Women's (BA Women's Studies (1996-7), and MA Communication and Media (2003-8). I was instrumental in revalidating the MA Communication and MA Media degrees so that they became one course and more efficiently delivered. I also took a lead in developing BA English Language which has been a very successful initiative, currently recruiting over 50 students a year. I have taught a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, many of which are informed by my research specialisms. I was nominated for the Sheffield Hallam University Inspirational Teacher Award in 2013/14. I have received excellent student feedback for my modules, particularly Multicultural Britain, Communication at Work and Language in Social Context. I was Programme Leader for the English degrees at Sheffield Hallam University between 2012 and 2015. I then became the departmental lead on student experience matters.
In terms of research, I have an international reputation in politeness theory due to editorship of theJournal of Politeness Research and the publication of a number of research articles and conference papers which develop theory in the field.
I have also made significant contributions to the field of interactional sociolinguistics in terms of methods of data analysis and data collection, particularly in the areas of institutional talk (nurses and elderly patients) and intercultural communication.
Recent forays into Educational sociolinguistics have helped to re-ignite a debate about non- standard language use that raises the profile of Sociolinguistics and its relevance to real-life issues.
I have successfully supervised a number of PhDs and am happy to continue to supervise projects in the areas of politeness, interactional sociolinguistics and educational sociolinguistics.
Politeness Theory; institutional interaction; interactional sociolinguistics; educational sociolinguistics; intercultural communication.
Social Sciences and Arts
The pragmatics of Zimbabwean English; the discourse of elderly care; indirectness across cultures; language deficit revisited; the pathologisation of non-standard language.
BA English Language; MA by Research
Language in Social Context; Multicultural and Intercultural Communication; Politeness; Dissertation
The discourse of language deficit.
Language and social class: Benefits Street. Courtroom politeness: the Penelope Soto case.
'Language, Education and Disadvantage: a response to the deficit model of children's language competence' Report of the BAAL/CUP Seminar, April 2011.
Linguistic Politeness Research Group
Grainger, K. (2018). “We’re not in a club now”: a neo-Brown and Levinson approach to analyzing courtroom data. Journal of Politeness Research, 14 (1), 19-38. http://doi.org/10.1515/pr-2017-0039
Van Der Bom, I., Grainger, K., Paterson, L., & Peplow, D. (2017). ‘It’s not the fact they claim benefits but their useless, lazy, drug taking lifestyles we despise’: Analysing audience responses to Benefits Street using live tweets. Discourse, Context, & Media, 21, 36-45. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2017.11.003
Grainger, K. (2013). "The daily grunt": middle class bias and vested interests in the 'Getting in Early' and 'Why Can't They Read?' reports. Language and Education, 27 (2), 99-109. http://doi.org/10.1080/09500782.2012.760583
Grainger, K. (2013). Of babies and bath water: Is there any place for Austin and Grice in interpersonal pragmatics? Journal of Pragmatics, 58, 27-38. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2013.08.008
Grainger, K., & Jones, P.E. (2013). The 'Language Deficit' argument and beyond. Language and Education, 27 (2), 95-98. http://doi.org/10.1080/09500782.2012.760582
Grainger, K., Makoni, S., & Kharraki, A. (2013). Call for Papers. Journal of Politeness Research, 9 (2), 245. http://doi.org/10.1515/pr-2013-0012
Grainger, K., Mills, S., & Sibanda, M. (2010). "Just tell us what to do": Southern African face and its relevance to intercultural communication. Journal of Pragmatics, 42 (8), 2158-2171. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2009.12.017
Bousfield, D., & Grainger, K. (2010). Politeness research: Retrospect and prospect. Journal of Politeness Research, 6 (2), 161-182. http://doi.org/10.1515/JPLR.2010.009
Grainger, K., & Harris, S. (2007). Special issue: Apologies introduction. Journal of Politeness Research, 3 (1), 1-9. http://doi.org/10.1515/PR.2007.001
Grainger, K., Jennings, M., & Masterson, S. (2005). ‘Things aren't the same, are they?’: the management of bad news delivery in the discourse of stroke care. Communication and medicine, 2 (1), 35-44. http://doi.org/10.1515/come.2005.2.1.35
Grainger, K. (2004). Verbal play on the hospital ward: solidarity or power? Multilingua: journal of cross-cultural and interlanguage communication, 23 (1-2), 39-59. http://doi.org/10.1515/mult.2004.007
Makoni, S., & Grainger, K. (2002). Comparative gerontolinguistics: characterizing discourses in caring institutions in South Africa and United Kingdom. Journal of social issues, 58. http://doi.org/10.1111/1540-4560.00291
Grainger, K.P. (1999). Alzheimer discourse some sociolinguistic dimensions. DISCOURSE & SOCIETY, 10 (3), 444-446. http://doi.org/10.1177/0957926599010003010
Grainger, K. (1998). Reality orientation in institutions for the elderly: The perspective from interactional sociolinguistics. Journal of Aging Studies, 12 (1), 39-56. http://doi.org/10.1016/S0890-4065(98)90019-6
Grainger, K. (1993). "That's a lovely bath dear": Reality construction in the discourse of elderly care. Journal of Aging Studies, 7 (3), 247-262. http://doi.org/10.1016/0890-4065(93)90014-B
Coupland, J., Coupland, N., & Grainger, K. (1991). Intergenerational discourse: Contextual versions of ageing and elderliness. Ageing and Society, 11 (2), 189-208. http://doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X00004001
Coupland, N., Grainger, K., & Coupland, J. (1988). Politeness in context: Intergenerational issues (Review article). Language in Society, 17 (2), 253-262. http://doi.org/10.1017/S0047404500012793
Bates, C., Doherty, K., & Grainger, K. (2011). Understanding Programmers Through Discourse Analysis. In RAISE 2011, University Central Lanacashire, Preston, UK, 9 June 2011. http://www.agilenorth.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Whats-the-Sense-of-Using-Echo.pdf
Grainger, K. (2011). "The Daily Grunt":The resurgence of the deficit model of language competence in children. In Language, Education and Disadvantage, Sheffield Hallam University, 19 April 2011 - 20 April 2011.
Bates, C., Doherty, K., & Grainger, K. (2011). Facework in a pair-programming session. In Psychology of Programming Interest Group Work in Progress, Sheffield Hallam University, 18 April 2011 - 19 April 2011. http://extra.shu.ac.uk/crr/wip_ppig_2011/
Mcseveny, K., Grainger, K., & Doherty, K. (2010). I'm sooooo chuffed : face management in reports of success on an online weight loss message board. In Fifth International Symposium on Politeness, University of Basel, 30 June 2010 - 2 July 2010.
Mcseveny, K., Doherty, K., & Grainger, K. (2009). Laugh out loud : humour, confession and identity management in an online weight loss support group. In Laughter and Humour in Interaction Conference, University of Huddersfield, 24 June 2009 - 25 June 2009.
Mcseveny, K., Doherty, K., & Grainger, K. (2009). "I was in the same boat" : advicegivingand solidarity inan online weight loss community. In 1st Autumn Conference of Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction Section of ECREA, Tampere, Finland, 21 October 2009 - 23 October 2009.
Grainger, K., Mills, S., & Sibanda, M. (2008). The Southern African concept of ‘face’ and its relevance tointercultural interaction. In 4th International Symposium on Politeness, Budapest, 2 July 2008 - 4 July 2008.
Grainger, K., & Xie, C. (2020). Norms and normativity in indirectness across cultures. In Advancing (Im)politeness Studies. Springer
Grainger, K. (2020). Take Care of Yourself: Negotiating Moral and Professional Face in Stroke Rehabilitation. In Archer, D., Grainger, K., & Jagodziński, P. (Eds.) Politeness in Professional Contexts. John Benjamins: http://doi.org/10.1075/pbns.311.04gra
Paterson, L., Grainger, K., & Peplow, D. (2017). Does money talk equate to class talk? Audience responses to poverty porn in relation to money and debt. In Mooney, A., & Sifaki, E. (Eds.) The Language of Money and Debt : a Multidisciplinary Approach. (pp. 205-231). Palgrave Macmillan: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57568-1_9
Grainger, K. (2011). 'First order' and 'second order' politeness: institutional and intercultural contexts. In Discursive approaches to politeness. (pp. 167-188). Berlin: De Gruyter Moulton: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/128851?format=G
Grainger, K. (2010). Indirectness in Zimbabwean English : a study of intercultural communication in the UK. In Bargiela-Chiappini, F., & Kadar, D.Z. (Eds.) Politeness across cultures. (pp. 171-193). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Grainger, K. (2004). Communication and the institutionalized elderly. In Handbook of Communication and Aging Research. (pp. 479-497).
Grainger, K., & Mills, S. (2015). Directness and indirectness across cultures. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Theses / Dissertations
Mansor, F.A. (2017). Politeness and offering in Libyan Arabic hospitality. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Grainger, K. http://doi.org/10.7190/shu-thesis-00053
Alzouebi, A. (2015). Teachers' and Roma students' experiences of the ESOL classroom in Yorkshire. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Ridley, D., & Grainger, K.
Kerkam, Z.M. (2015). A comparison of Arabic and English directness and indirectness : Cross-cultural politeness. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Mills, S., & Grainger, K.
Bates, C.D. (2014). Message passing: How software engineers use talk. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K., & Grainger, K.
McSeveny, K. (2009). The management of identity and accountabilityin online weight loss discourse. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Doherty, K., & Grainger, K.
Nishimura, Y. (2008). Aspects of Japanese computer-mediated communication : linguistics and socio-cultural perspectives. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Yates, S., & Grainger, K.
Grainger, K. (2018). Norms and normativity in indirectness across cultures. Presented at: International Symposium on Advances in (im)politeness studies, Fujian Normal University, China
Grainger, K., & Jones, P.E. (2017). Challenging the pathologisation of non-standard language. Presented at: British Association of Applied Linguistics, annual conference, Leeds University, UK
Editor-in-chief Journal of Politeness Research
Member of editorial board for Discourse, Context and Media
External Examiner, Loughborough University English Programme
'Offers and refusals of hospitality in Libyan Arabic'
Student Writing' (1998)
'Interaction on a Weight Loss Message Board' (2010) 'CMC on Japanese Message Boards' (2008)
'How Software Engineers Use Talk' (2014) 'Indirectness in Libyan Arabic speakers'.2015