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Dorottya Csenge Cserző


person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: Centre for Language and Communication Research

PhD Research

My PhD is focused on the affordances of the medium of videochat. I am exploring this topic by analyzing a collection of recorded videochat interactions (including naturally occurring and elicited interactions) as well as interviews with videochat users. I am using a range of methods including multimodal analysis, conversation analysis, nexus analysis, content analysis, and narrative analysis.

Supervisor: Dr. Virpi Ylanne, Dr. Lise Fontaine

Academic Background

PhD in Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University (2012-present)

MA in Applied Linguistics at Cardiff University (2011-2012)

BA in English studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (2008-2011) (First Class Honours)

I first became interested in linguistics and discourse analysis in particular during my BA degree. I concluded this degree programme successfully by writing a dissertation titled 'A Comparison of Analytical Approaches to Discourse'. I pursued this interest by taking optional modules on sociolinguistics and qualitative research methods during my MA course. I also completed the Research Experience course in my own free time working on pauses in an SFL framework under the supervision of Dr. Lise Fontaine and Dr. Michelle Aldridge-Waddon. My MA dissertation titled 'Openings of Skype and phone calls for the purpose of maintaining personal relationships: A comparative study' doubled as a pilot study for my PhD project. I am currently studying part-time to allow me to work part-time so that I can fund my studies. Throughout my years at university I have always been involved in student representation at various levels and I am currently the representative for part-time PhD students in Language and Communication Research.


Singh, Jaspal Naveel, Kantara, Argyro and Cserzo, Dorottya (forthc.) Downscaling Culture: Revisiting Intercultural Communication. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. 

Conferences, Symposia and Seminars


‘It was a place where we were connected’: Affordances in personal video-conferencing
Approaches to Digital Discourse Analysis
Valencia, Spain

Meaning-making practices in video mediated interviews
Language in the Media
Hamburg, Germany

Organizing committee
The ethics of online research methods
Cardiff University, UK


Organizing committee
Downscaling Cultures: Revisiting Intercultural Communication
Cardiff University, UK

‘I’ll just kick off if that’s OK’: Mediated Discourse Analysis in Video Mediated Communication
Organizing committee
Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines
Budapest, Eötvös Loránd University

Doing videochat: Co-presence created through arising topics
Skype Connections and the Gaze of Friendship and Family Conference
Microsoft Research, Cambridge


An unexpected ‘slot’ in the openings of Skype calls
winner of best talk award
Voice of Humanities
Cardiff University, UK