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Johnny Unger

  • PhD
  • Lecturer and Academic Director of Summer Programmes
  • Lancaster University Department of Linguistics and English Language
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Research interests

national identityScots languagelanguage policycritical discourse analysis


I have so far worked mainly in the areas of critical discourse analysis and language policy. My PhD research project, The Discursive Construction of Scots, examined how the Scots language is talked and written about in various public and semi-public texts such as government policy documents, parliamentary debates, educational guidelines and focus groups. My recent publications include ‘Legitimating inaction : differing identity constructions of the Scots language’ in the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and ‘Economic discourses of Scots on Bourdieu’s “Linguistic Market”’ in the edited volume Language and Economic Development. I am about to embark on a new research project investigating stance in student academic writing.


Co-authors (12)

Publications (5)

  • Exploring 'success' in digitally augmented activism: A triangulated approach to analyzing UK activist Twitter use

    • Potts A
    • Simm W
    • Whittle J
    • et al.
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  • Researching language and social media: A student guide

    • Page R
    • Barton D
    • Unger J
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  • Rebranding the Scottish Executive: A discourse-historical analysis

    • Unger J
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  • The discursive construction of National identity

    • Wodak R
    • de Cillia R
    • Reisigl M
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  • The Discursive Construction of Scots

    • Unger J

Professional experience

Lecturer and Academic Director of Summer Programmes

Department of Linguistics, Lancaster University

April 2010 - Present

Senior Lecturer

Department of English, University of Vienna

October 2007 - August 2010(3 years)



Department of Linguistics, Lancaster University

October 2004 - May 2009(5 years)

MA in Language Studies

Department of Linguistics, Lancaster University

October 2003 - August 2004(10 months)

MLitt in Creative Writing

School of English, University of St Andrews

September 2000 - August 2001(a year)

MA(Hons) English Language and Literature

University of St Andrews

September 1996 - June 2000(4 years)