Douglas Mark PONTON, Associate Professor

Affiliation: University of Catania, Catania, Italy
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Bio: I have taught at the universities of Catania, Messina and Pisa. My most recent research projects concern covid memes, media representations of Russia, the Montalbano effect on tourism in Sicily, ecological questions in South-Eastern Sicily, and Sicilian dialect theatre. Main publications are For Arguments Sake: Speaker Evaluation in Modern Political Discourse (2011), and Understanding Political Persuasion: Linguistic and Rhetorical Analysis (2019). My research deals with a variety of social topics, including legal metaphor and crime, the discourse of mediation, migration, cross-cultural politeness, folk traditions including proverbs and, last but not least, the Blues.

Research Interest: #political discourse, #analysis, #ecolinguistics, #discourse in interaction, #applied linguistics, #pragmatics, #corpus linguistics, #critical discourse studies