Dr Amanda Potts

Dr Amanda Potts


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 4912
3.60, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

I am a Lecturer in Public and Professional Discourse.

My specialism is in corpus-based critical discourse analysis of texts and topics in public and professional communication, most recently: media discourse, medical communication, and language of the law.

I am additionally interested in:

  • semantics
  • metaphor analysis
  • analysis of culture
  • sociolinguistics
  • representations of identity
  • gender/sexuality
  • discourse communities in social media
  • investigation of discriminatory discourses

I am a member of the Centre for Language and Communication Research.

Education and qualifications

  • 2014 - 2015: Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practices, Lancaster University, UK
  • 2010 - 2013: Ph.D. Linguistics, Lancaster University, UK
  • 2008 - 2009: Master of Applied Linguistics (with merit), Sydney University, Australia
  • 2005 - 2007: Bachelor of Arts: Humanistic Studies in Literature (summa cum laude), Adelphi University, USA

Professional memberships

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, International Gender and Language Association
  • Member, Law and Society Association

Previous academic positions

  • Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University
  • Visiting Lecturer, Liverpool Hope University

University committees

Cardiff University committees

  • Education Committee, School of English, Communication and Philosophy
  • Outreach and Widening Access Committee, School of English, Communication and Philosophy

External committees

  • 2016 - 2020: Board of Studies (as external examiner), Birmingham University

I currently teach on three undergraduate modules:

  • Introduction to Media Communication
  • Discourse
  • Reading and Writing in the Digital Age

I also teach on two postgraduate modules:

  • Research Foundations
  • Project in Forensic Linguistics

In previous years, I have taught Forensic Linguistics, Forensic Linguistics 2, and Lifespan Communication at Cardiff University, in addition to various undergraduate modules (Corpus-based English Language Studies; Discourse Analysis; Introduction to English Language; Language and Style) and postgraduate modules (Research Methods; Corpus Linguistics) at Lancaster University.

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