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Dr Tereza Spilioti

Dr Tereza Spilioti


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 6041
3.32, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Reader in Language and Communication, with specialization in Language and Media, in the Centre for Language and Communication Research which is part of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy. My research interests and publications focus on the areas of language and new media, research ethics, and media sociolinguistics. My research draws on theories and methodologies related to interactional sociolinguistics and linguistic ethnography, and I have developed a growing interest in professional discourse and healthcare interaction, in particular.


I joined the Centre for Language and Communication Research as a Lecturer in September 2012, having previously been employed as Lecturer (and Senior Lecturer) in English Language and Communication at Kingston University from 2008 to 2012.

After completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Athens (Greece), I moved to the UK where I completed an MSt in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford. In 2007, I was awarded a PhD in Linguistics at King’s College London where I taught modules in applied and socio-linguistics, as well as Modern Greek Language.

Honours and awards

2018  Nominated for Enriching Student Life Award, category: Outstanding Doctoral Supervisor.

2018 'Social Media and Creativity: Language and Media Ideologies', Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) funding, Cardiff University, UK. Research placement fund, Supervisor: T. Spilioti, £2,100.

2017  Lecturer of the Year, Teaching Award.

2017  'Under the radar dynamics of on-ward management and inter-team communication in a Welsh hospital' ESRC DTP Collaborative fund. Research fund to support doctoral research (1+3) in collaboration with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. Supervisors: T. Spilioti & V. Ylanne, with M. Aldridge & T. Bartlett (collaborated on the application)

2016   ‘Managing Multiple Roles and Goals in Nursing Handovers’ ESRC Impact Acceleration Account fund, Cardiff University, UK. Research fund to develop research impact project, (PI) T. Bartlett, (Co-Is) T. Spilioti, V. Ylanne, M. Aldridge, M. Handford, F. Rock, £3,029.

2016 ‘Organisational Discourse and Healthcare Communication’ Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) funding, Cardiff University, UK. Research placement fund, (Primary Supervisor) Spilioti, (Secondary Supervisor) Bartlett, £1,000.

2015 ‘Digital Literacies and Language’, Cardiff University ENCAP Staff Investment bid, fund for equipment/material to enhance teaching and learning, (main applicant) Spilioti, £550.

Professional memberships

I am a member of the BAAL Language and New Media SIG (secretary of the committee since September 2016), the British Association for Applied Linguistics, the International Pragmatics Associations and the Association of Internet Researchers.

Speaking engagements

2018: Guest Lecturer to UG course on Digital Discourse (University of Bern, Switzerland)

2017: Invited Speaker to the Reading Applied Linguistic Research Circle (University of Reading, UK), Discussion Panel on Multimodality (University of Loughborough, UK), Postgraduate Seminar on the 'mediatization of the refugee crisis' (University of Patras, Greece); Invited Discussion Panel Member at Film Screening organised by the sciSCREEN project, funded by the British Academy.

2016: Invited Speaker to Postgraduate Workshop on ‘Digital Literacies in Digital Communication’ (University of Lausanne, Switzerland), Postgraduate Workshop on ‘Discourse Analysis’ (Doctoral Academy, Cardiff University, UK), and to Research Seminar on Digital Literacies (The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK); Concluding Panel Discussant for Research Colloquium on ‘(Un)doing digital surveillance: Discourses & practices’ (Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication, King’s College London, UK); Guest lecturer on ‘Multilingualism and Digital Communication (University of Patras, Greece).

2015: Visiting Scholar at the University of Hamburg (Germany); Invited Speaker to interdisciplinary event on ‘Social Media in Low and Middle-Income Countries’ (King’s International Development Institute, King’s College London, UK); Guest lecturer on ‘Digital Discourse’ (University of Bern, Switzerland).

2014: Concluding Panel Discussant for interdisciplinary conference on ‘Downscaling culture: Revisiting intercultural communication’ (Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University, UK); Invited Speaker to Round Table on ‘Sociolinguistics and the talking media: Style, Mediation and Change’ (Copenhagen University, Denmark) and to Research Lecture Series in Linguistics, Language and Discourse (University of Brighton, UK)

Committees and reviewing

  • Chair of ENCAP Extenuating Circumstances Committee (Jan 2016-Aug 2017); Member of ENCAP Extenuating Circumstances Committee, English Language representative, (Jan-Aug 2015).
  • Coordinator of Research Seminar Series, Centre for Language and Communication Research (Aug 2016-Aug 2017; Sep 2014-Aug 2015).
  • External examiner, member of PhD committee, School of Humanities, Tilburg University, Netherlands. PhD candidate: Ms Caixia Du; Thesis title: The birth of social class online: The Chinese precariat on the internet (Sep 2016).
  • Conference organiser/chair, 2nd BAAL Language and New Media SIG Workshop on the ‘Ethics of Online Research Methods’, Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy, (Apr 2015, 16-17).
  • Deputy Director of Studies, Year 2 & 3 Tutor, BA English Language (Jan-Aug 2015).
  • Erasmus Coordinator (BA English Language), Cardiff University, UK (Jan-Aug 2015).
  • UG dissertation manager, BA English Language, Cardiff University, UK (Aug 2014- Aug 2015).
  • Member of the English Language ‘Year 1 & 2 curriculum review’ working group and MA task group, Cardiff University, UK (Aug 2014- Aug 2015).
  • Deputy Chair of English Language Exam Board (UG and PG), Cardiff University, UK (Sep 2012- Jul 2014).
  • Staff editor of The English Language and Communication Newsletter (co-edited with UG students), Cardiff University, UK (Sep 2012- Jul 2014).








  • Georgakopoulou, A. and Spilioti, T. 2015. Introduction. In: Georgakopoulou, A. and Spilioti, T. eds. The Routledge Handbook of Language and Digital Communication. London and New York: Routledge.: Routledge, pp. 1-16.
  • Georgakopoulou, A. and Spilioti, T. eds. 2015. The Routledge handbook of language and digital communication. London and New York: Routledge: Routledge.
  • Spilioti, T. 2015. Digital discourses: A critical perspective. In: Georgakopoulou, A. and Spilioti, T. eds. The Routledge Handbook of Language and Digital Communication. London and New York: Routledge: Routledge, pp. 133-145.
  • Spilioti, T. 2015. Social media discourse. In: Tracy, K., Ilie, C. and Sandel, T. eds. The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction. Wiley Blackwell, pp. 1365-1374.





My undergraduate and postgraduate level teaching experience includes such courses as:

  • Research methods and skills (BA and MA level)
  • Discourse and social interaction (MA level)
  • Digital literacies and language (BA and MA level)
  • Media discourse; Media texts; Discourse of broadcasting (BA level)
  • Reading and writing in the digital age (BA level)
  • Introduction to media communication (BA level)
  • Introduction to language and communication (BA level)
  • Sociolinguistics (BA level)
  • Language and literacy (BA level)
  • Discourse and social media; Computer-mediated communication (BA level)

I have also been invited to give lectures and seminars to UG and PG students at overseas universities, including the University of Bern, University of Hamburg, University of Lausanne, and University of Patras.

My research interests lie at the intersection of language, society, and media, an area that is at the forefront of applied linguistics. More specifically, my work covers research related primarily to the fields of language and new media, research ethics, and media sociolinguistics. In the field of language and new media, I have explored digital genres, sociability and intimacy in texting practices; media ideologies and digital discourses related to the development of social media platforms; typography and script as resources for vernacular creativity in digital communication. My publications also cover issues of research ethics, with particular interest in revisiting current approaches for ethical decision-making in digital media contexts. More broadly in the field of media sociolinguistics, I have developed a growing interest in innovative perspectives on the study of sociolinguistic change, mediat(izat)ion and style.

I am also a member of the CLCR research group who undertakes collaborative research with the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (NHS Wales). Our project on ‘Managing roles and goals in nursing handover meetings’ is funded by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (£3K) and I have also led a successful CUROP project (£1K), exploring issues related to organizational discourse in healthcare settings.

My work draws on and combines methods and concepts from discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, linguistic ethnography and new literacy studies.

Research interests

  • Multilingualism, translanguaging and trans-scripting
  • Language and media ideologies
  • Media, style and stylization
  • Research ethics
  • Publicness and privacy in digital communication
  • Narrative discourse
  • Genre, interaction rituals, openings and closings in mediated communication
  • Politeness and relationality
  • Approaches to culture and intercultural communication
  • Healthcare discourse and communication


I am interested in supervising PhD students in areas related to language and media, particularly research on:

  • digital genres
  • interaction rituals and relationality
  • identity and multilingualism on the internet
  • language and media ideologies

Research drawing on discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, ethnography and new literacy studies would be of particular interest.

I am currently supervising the following students:

Stephanie Tilliridou on code-switching, identities, and language attitudes on Facebook

Aurora Goodwin on style, authenticity and disinformation campaigns on Twitter

Past projects

  • Co-Supervisor (50%) for Argyro Kantara - Hybridity as challenge in televised election campaign interviews (awarded 2018)
  • Co-Supervisor (50%) for Zayneb Elaiwi Sallumi Al-Bundawi - Sacred texts and identity construction in Cardiff Muslim community: sojourners' narratives about majales (awarded 2018)