Dr Sylvia Shaw

Senior Lecturer in English Language

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I joined the University of Westminster in 2016, where I am a Senior Lecturer in English Language and teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in English Language and Linguistics.

I am a sociolinguist who conducts research in the field of language and gender, and I am particularly interested in language, gender and politics. My work has included research projects in the House of Commons and an ESRC funded project investigating gender, language and participation in the devolved political institutions of the UK. Recently, I have published research on mediatised political discourse (particularly televised political debates and political interviews), including analyses of the language of political leaders in the 2015 UK General Election. Currently I am writing a monograph entitled 'Women, Language and Politics' for Cambridge University Press.

Before my appointment at the University of Westminster, I was a Senior Lecturer in English Language at Middlesex University and Programme Leader for BA English Language and BA English Language and Literature (2006-2014). I have also worked as a lexicographer for Longman Dictionaries and worked on the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (3rd edition, 1995). My qualifications include a BA (Hons) English; MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL; and a PhD from the Institute of Education, University of London (2002).

2016

Gender, Power and Political Speech: Women and Language in the 2015 UK General Election (2016)
Cameron, D. and Shaw, S. 2016. Gender, Power and Political Speech: Women and Language in the 2015 UK General Election. Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan.

2016

Interaction and 'the floor' in the televised debates of the EU referendum campaign (2016)
Shaw, S. 2016. Interaction and 'the floor' in the televised debates of the EU referendum campaign. in: Jackson, Daniel, Thorsen, Einar and Wring, D. (ed.) EU Referendum Analysis 2016: Media, Voters and the Campaign Poole Bournemouth University/Political Studies Association. pp. 70-71

2015

Winning and losing the ‘battle for number 10’: a linguistic analysis of the Paxman vs Cameron/Miliband election interviews (2015)
Shaw, S. 2015. Winning and losing the ‘battle for number 10’: a linguistic analysis of the Paxman vs Cameron/Miliband election interviews. in: Jackson, D. and Thorsen, E. (ed.) UK Election Analysis 2015: Media, Voters and the Campaign Bournemouth University/Political Studies Association. pp. 22

2013

An ethnographic investigation into gender and language in the Northern Ireland Assembly (2013)
Shaw, S. 2013. An ethnographic investigation into gender and language in the Northern Ireland Assembly. in: Poggi, I., D'Errico, F., Vincze, L. and Vinciarelli, A. (ed.) Multimodal Communication in Political Speech. Shaping Minds and Social Action: International Workshop, Political Speech 2010, Rome, Italy, November 10-12, 2010, revised selected papers Springer. pp. 39-53

2006

Governed by the rules? The female voice in parliamentary debates (2006)
Shaw, S. 2006. Governed by the rules? The female voice in parliamentary debates. in: Baxter, J. (ed.) Speaking out: the female voice in public contexts Basingstoke Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 81-102

1999

Demystifying the contents and construction of dictionaries (1999)
Shaw, S. 1999. Demystifying the contents and construction of dictionaries. in: Wheeler, R. (ed.) Language alive in the classroom London Praeger. pp. 189-199

2016

Celebrity Capital in the Political Field: Russell Brand’s migration from stand-up comedy to Newsnight (2016)
Arthurs, J. and Shaw, S. 2016. Celebrity Capital in the Political Field: Russell Brand’s migration from stand-up comedy to Newsnight. Media, Culture and Society. 38 (8), pp. 1136-1152.

2013

Gender and politics in the devolved assemblies (2013)
Shaw, S. 2013. Gender and politics in the devolved assemblies. Soundings: a journal of politics and culture. 55 (Winter), pp. 81-93.

2011

'I am not an Honourable Lady': gender and language in the National Assembly for Wales (2011)
Shaw, S. 2011. 'I am not an Honourable Lady': gender and language in the National Assembly for Wales. Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice. 8 (3), pp. 275-294.

2008

Too polite to fight? What happens when women enter the House? (2008)
Shaw, S. 2008. Too polite to fight? What happens when women enter the House? emagazine. 42, pp. 37-38.

2000

Gender, language and floor apportionment in political debates (2000)
Shaw, S. 2000. Gender, language and floor apportionment in political debates. Discourse and Society. 11 (3), pp. 401-418.

2002

Language and gender in political debates in the House of Commons (2002)
Shaw, S. 2002. Language and gender in political debates in the House of Commons. PhD thesis The Institute of Education, University of London

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