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Dr Sally Hunt

Sally Hunt

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Professional biography

I am an applied linguist, specialising in discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, with a preference for the methodological combination of Critical Discourse Analysis and Corpus Linguistics in my research and supervision. I am particularly interested in how identity and language intersect - both in terms of how we express our identities in the ways in which we use language, and especially in how aspects of identity are constructed through patterns of choices in language. I investigate these patterns in a variety of text types, especially print media and children's fiction.

I spent the 2019/20 academic year at University of Reading, teaching discourse analysis and sociolinguistics, but before that I was at Rhodes University in South Africa for many years. While there, I was active on university-level committees and organisations, chairing groups on research ethics and gender issues. I acted as a reviewer or board member for several local and international journals, including Gender and Language, and Corpora, and organised several international conferences. I was Chairperson of the Southern African Applied Linguistics Association for two terms, and then joint President of the Southern African Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Society. 


Research interests

I am an active researcher focussing on language and identity, combining discourse analysis and corpus linguistics methods.

Selected presentations and publications:

Hunt, Sally (in press) The South African news media and representations of gender and sexuality, in Baxter, Judith and Angouri, Jo (Eds). Handbook of Language, Gender and Sexuality. Routledge.

Hunt, Sally (2019) Sugar and spice or snails and tails: the gendered representation of emotion in children’s fiction. 10th International Corpus Linguistics Conference. Cardiff, UK. 22 - 26 July 2019.

Hunt, Sally and Jaworska, Sylvia (2019) Intersections of nationality, gender, race and crime in online news: the case of Oscar Pistorius: Olympian and murderer. Discourse, Context & Media, special issue on “Mediatizing Intersectionality". Marie Maegaard, Kristine Mortensen and Tommaso Milani (Eds). Vol 30 pp. 100299-100306.

Hunt, Sally, De Vos, Mark, Motinyane, Mantoa and Mesthrie, Rajend (2018) Language Studies In Times Of Transformation: Multiple Perspectives Plenary panel speaker at International Congress of Linguists 20 Cape Town, July 2018.

Mesthrie, Rajend, De Vos, Mark, Hunt, Sally, and Motinyane, Mantoa (2018) Language Studies In Times Of Transformation: Multiple Perspectives in Raj Mesthrie and Bradley, D. (Ed.) The Dynamics of Language, UCT Press. isbn 9781775822363 pp. 280-297.

Jaworska, Sylvia and Hunt, Sally (2017) Differentiations and Intersections: a corpus-assisted discourse study of gender representations in the British press before, during and after the London Olympics 2012. In Gender and Language 11(3) pp. 336-364.

Hunt, Sally (2017) Boast and bellow, giggle or chatter: gender and verbs of speech in children's fiction. Corpus Linguistics Conference, Birmingham, UK July 2017

Hunt, Sally and De Vos, Mark (2016) (convenors and presenters) Linguistics in a transforming South Africa: perspectives on curriculum, research and disciplinary practice. First Summit on Transformation in Linguistics in South Africa. Rhodes University. Grahamstown, SA. January 2016.

Hunt, S.A. (2015) “Mother of the Nation”:  representations of womanhood in South African media in Dedaic, Mirjana (Ed) Singing, Speaking and Writing Politics: South African Political Discourses . John Benjamins Ltd.  Pp. 169 – 199.

Hunt, Sally (2015) Representations of gender and agency in the Harry Potter series. In Baker, Paul and McEnery, Tony (ed.) Corpora and Discourse Studies: Integrating Discourse and Corpora. Palgrave Advances in Language and Linguistics Series, pp. 266-284.

Hunt, S.A. and Hubbard, B.E. (2015) Sex work in the South African media: representations of 'deviant' sexualitySPIL Plus (Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics) Vol. 46.  pp 19-43.

Bock, Zannie and Hunt, Sally (2015) “It’s just taking our souls back”:discourses of apartheid and race. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 33(2) 141-158 DOI:10.2989/16073614.2015.1056196