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Dr Amanda Potts

Dr Amanda Potts


Ysgol Saesneg, Cyfathrebu ac Athroniaeth

+44 (0)29 2087 4912
3.60, Adeilad John Percival , Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU
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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. In my work, I usually take a mixed methodological approach, exploring some combination of the topics below:

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

I would be interested in discussing potential PhD proposals with students interested in corpus-based (critical) discourse analysis, particularly in the areas above. 

In 2017, I became one of the founding editors of the Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies, published by Cardiff University Press. JCaDS is a twice-yearly, peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal publishing corpus-assisted research into discourse, defined as language in use as a vehicle of communication. JCaDS is pluridisciplinary: we welcome studies from all areas of the humanities and social sciences that incorporate corpus techniques in investigating how spoken and written language is used and how meanings are created and explored.

I am a member of the Centre for Language and Communication Research, the Cardiff Corpus Network, and CaLL: Cardiff Language and Law.


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

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, British Association for Applied Linguistics
  • Member, International Gender and Language Association
  • Member, Law and Society Association

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

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

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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.


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Corpus-based (critical) discourse analysis
  • (Social) media discourse
  • Language of law
  • Discourse and identity
  • Language, gender, and sexuality

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Kate Barber

Research student

Katharine Kavanagh

Katharine Kavanagh

Research student