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Professor Gerard O'Grady

Professor Gerard O'Grady

Professor

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Email
ogradygn@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4903
Campuses
3.59, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Comment
Media commentator
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

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

Biography

I come from an SFL tradition and work mostly with spoken data in order to examine how the interplay of lexico-grammatical features and prosody signals textual and interpersonal meaning.

With Tom Bartlett (Cardiff) and Rebekah Wegener (Aachen) I edit the book series Key topics in SFL

https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/key-concepts-in-systemic-functional-linguistics/

I am on the editorial board of the journal Functions of Language

https://benjamins.com/#catalog/journals/fol/main

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Teaching

I currently teach or teach on the postgraduate module Phonetics and Phonology, 2 undergraduate phonetics/phonology modules Sound in Action and Sounds of Speech and the year 2 foundational grammar module Sound Structure and Meaning.

Research interests

My chief research interests are:

  • exploring the communicative functions of intonation: notably how intonation is used in conjunction with syntactic cues to help segment the speech signal into semantic units analogous to the orthographic units of clause, sentence and paragraph, and how tonality and tonicity choices project information as given or new;
  • examining the concept of dynamism in language as it unfolds both synchronically and diachronically;
  • describing how affect and emotion are realised linguistically; and
  • developing a model of language as a stratified bio-social semiotic.

I am currently working with colleagues at KU Leuven on the interplay between intonation and syntax in the projection of information structure in clefts and writing a co-authored monograph called "The Language Dynamic".

Funding obtained

Full funding £6133 has been obtained from the journal Language Learning to host a multi-institution Round Table "New Theoretical Perspectives above below and across the clause" on September 4 and 5 2014 at Cardiff University. The papers were published in English Text Construction.

With Professor Kristin Davidse I received 400000 Euros for the project: Putting specificational there-clefts on the map: a data-based investigation of their grammar, semantics, prosody and pragmatics from the FWO.

Supervision

  • Systemic Phonology
  • Spoken Information Structure
  • Communicative Dynamism
  • Intonation
  • Textual and Interpersonal Grammars
  • Critical investigations of media texts (spoken and written)
  • The semiotics of sound
  • The realisation of emotion/affect linguisitically

Past projects

I currenty supervise or cosupervise 7 PhD students.

  • Zeen Suad Nafie Al-Rasheed - The negative and positive evaluative language: A comparative study on British news reports of ISIS conflicts in Iraq and Syria using Appraisal Theory.
  • Matthew  Coombes (P/T) - LINGUISTIC AESTHETICS OF CONSTRUCTED LANGUAGE
  • Mashael Mohammedali A Assaadi - ON-LEXICAL SOUNDS IN HIJAZI ARABIC: A DISCOURSE ANALYSIS STUDY
  • Xin Dai (50%) with Dr Chris Heffer (Cardiff) - A COMPARISON BETWEEN CHINESE AND ENGLISH WRITTEN JUDGMENTS: FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF COHESIVE LEXICAL CHAINS AND THEIR TRANSIVITY FEATURES
  • Paul  Kelly (ESRC P/T) - A corpus-based critical discourse analysis of Conservative Party rhetoric with regards to the civic society
  • Nadia Elias - Investigating the Role of Intonation in Achieving Coherence in English Discourse
  • Ngum Njende (50%) with Prof Kristin Davidse KU Leuven - Putting specificational there-clefts on the map: a data-based investigation of their grammar, semantics, prosody and pragmatics’

I am an experienced PhD examiner and chair.