Monika Bednarek is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney and Director of the Sydney Corpus Lab ( Her research uses corpus linguistic methodologies across a variety of fields, including media linguistics, discourse analysis and sociolinguistics. She has a particular interest in the linguistic expression of emotion and opinion. Prof. Bednarek is the editor/co-editor of three special journal issues and two edited books, and the author/co-author of six books and two short volumes, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is on the steering committee of the Asia Pacific Corpus Linguistics Association and tweets @corpusling.


Brett Mills (he/him/his) is Visiting Professor of Media at Edge Hill University, UK, and Honorary Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East Anglia, UK. His most recent books are Animals on Television: The Cultural Making of the Non-Human (Palgrave 2017) and Creativity in the British Television Comedy Industry (with Erica Horton; Routledge 2017). He is part of the research team for the AHRC-funded projects, Multispecies Storytelling: More-Than-Human Narratives About Landscape (2019-22) and Multisensory Multispecies Storytelling to Engage Disadvantaged Groups in Changing Landscapes (2020-22).


Roberta Piazza is Reader/Associate Professor in English Language & Linguistics at the University of Sussex. She is a discourse analyst and a linguistic ethnographer working on social University and marginality which she pursues through an attention to identity construction and narrative analysis. For years she has focused on Gypsies and Travellers  and Rough Sleepers. She has cooperated with local Councils and the charity FFT (Friends Family and the Travellers) with work with the Irish travellers’ community; and with Passage, St. Mungos, and First Base Day Centre for the Homeless for projects on supporting their clients. She has run events for the public at large to raise awareness about social diversity and reduce stigma. She is now working with the University of Portsmouth on a project on homeless migrants during Covid. She has also a strong interest in film and media especially the non-neutral  representation  of minority groups through a focus on the relationship between the verbal and visual planes. She has published widely in international journals, edited books and is the author of two monographs (The discourse of Italian cinema and beyond: let cinema speak 2010; The discursive construction of identity and space among mobile people. 2020 both London: Bloomsbury).


Alberto N. García is an Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies at the school of communication, Universidad de Navarra, Spain. During 2018, he was a Visiting professor at the University of Queensland, Australia. He has also been Visiting Scholar at George Washington University and Visiting Professor at the University of Stirling, UK. He has published his work in journals such as Continuum, Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Horror Studies. He has edited the books Landscapes of the self: the cinema of Ross McElwee (Ediciones Internacionales Universitarias, 2007) and Emotions in contemporary TV series (Palgrave, 2016). His current research focuses on television aesthetics, exploring shows such as The Americans, Hannibal, Money Heist or Chernobyl. &  A. N. García , Universidad de Navarra.


Thomas C. Messerli is a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow in English linguistics at the University of Basel, where he completed his PhD on Repetition in Telecinematic Humour in 2018. He also works as a lecturer and researcher in English at the PH FHNW, the School of Education at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. His research is mainly dedicated to linguistic pragmatics and in particular in the pragmatics of fiction as well as to subtitling and video-oriented text comments as communicative acts, but he is also active in Digital Humanities and digital social reading. Current research interests include participation frameworks of (subtitled) film, community subtitling and active viewership, humorous, aggressive and persuasive communication in online social networks, including memes and communication on Reddit, and evaluative discourses online, such as evaluation in online book reviews. He often employs mixed-method designs, and in particular qualitative and corpus-assisted discourse analysis in his studies, has compiled corpora of reviews, posts, comments and subtitles, and he has recently co-founded CopRe, a research network dedicated to communicative practices on Reddit.


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