Monika Bednarek is Associate Professor in Linguistics at the University of  Sydney, Australia. She is a corpus-based discourse analyst who works on language use in the mass media (media linguistics) and on the connection between language and emotion/attitude. She is the author of six books, including Language and Television Series: A Linguistic Approach to TV Dialogue (2018>) and The Language of Fictional Television: Drama and Identity (2010). Most recently, she has published a collection of interviews with Hollywood screenwriters, Creating Dialogue for TV: Screenwriters Talk Television (2019). She tweets @corpusling, and maintains a website at         


Brett Mills is a Professor of Media and Culture at the University of East Anglia, UK. He is the author of Television Sitcom (BFI, 2005), The Sitcom (Edinburgh University Press, 2009) and Animals on Television: The Cultural Making of the Non-Human (Palgrave, 2017), and co-author of Creativity in the British Television Comedy Industry (Routledge, 2017) and co-editor of two editions of Reading Media Theory: Thinkers, Approaches, Contexts (with David M Barlow, Pearson, 2009/2012). Brett was the Principal Investigator of the three-year Research Council-funded project, ‘Make Me Laugh: Creativity in the British Television Comedy Industry’, working with members of that industry to explore creative processes and creative labour. He is also a regular reviewer, having a weekly television discussion slot on BBC Radio Norfolk, and writing comedy reviews during the Edinburgh Festival for the magazine Fest.

Sarah Kozloff is Professor of Film at Vassar College, New York, USA. After working in film production in New York City, she earned a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University and joined the Film Department of Vassar College in 1988. She was awarded the prestigious William R. Kenan Jr. Endowed Chair in 2009. She pioneered the analysis of voice-over narration and dialogue in film studies and refuted the traditional assumption that the visual is superior to the verbal with groundbreaking publications such as Overhearing Film Dialogue (2000) and Invisible Storytellers: Voice-Over Narration in American Fiction Film (1988). She has also prefaced the book Film Dialogue (2013) and authored more than ten chapters on television, film, genre and narrative theory in books such as The Films of Preston Sturges (2015) and Directing (2017). Most recently, upon realizing that neither the books nor films of The Lord of the Rings could pass the Bechdel Test measuring the representation of women in fiction, she has applied her academic expertise to creative fiction writing. Her epic fantasy quartet, The Nine Realms, will be published by TOR in 2020.


Kay Richardson works in the UK, University of Liverpool, in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, School of the Arts. She has published widely in media and language studies. Broadcast TV drama dialogue was the subject of the 2010 monograph with Oxford University Press (Television Dramatic Dialogue: a Sociolinguistic Study), whilst nonfiction radio comes in for attention in her recent article "The Listening Project as caring public talk" (Discourse, Context and Media (2018); “Newspaper reportage features in "Spelling-gate: politics, propriety and power", Journal of Language and Power, (2018), whilst previously she has also written about social media interaction (Internet Discourse and Health Debates, Palgrave 2005. A review article about the study of mediated fiction is published in the 2020 edition of the Routledge Handbook of Media and Communication Research.




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