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Dr Marion Nao

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Professional biography

My work history has included teaching as well as academic and industry research. In the past, I have worked as a teacher of English and CLIL to adult learners in a range of educational contexts in Japan, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and (virtually) in Spain, as well as here in the UK. In industry, I have worked on projects that have allowed me to apply my academic groundings in discourse analysis to different sectors, with a predominant focus on medical interactions and communication. 

I have previously held an ESRC postdoctoral fellowship in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh, prior to which I completed my PhD in Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University. 

Research interests

I'm currently working as part of a team investigating English as a Medium of Instruction in European Higher Education, a UKRI project held by Prof. Kristina Hultgren. This makes use of process tracing as a method of identifying the cause of an outcome and how it leads there — in this case, to the increasing use of English at university to teach/learn academic subjects other than English itself in European countries where it is not widely spoken as a first language. 

I also retain a strong interest in discourse analysis and framing theory, in particular. My publications can be viewed here

Publications

‘The lady doth protest too much, methinks’: Truth negating implications and effects of an epistemic frame trap (2020-04-25)
Nao, Marion
Language & Communication, 73(July) (pp. 18-28)


[Book Review] Musolff, Andreas & Jörg Zinken (eds.) (2015, pb). Metaphor and Discourse (2018-07)
Nao, Marion
Journal of Language and Politics, 17(4) (pp. 573-575)


Book review: Lubie Grujicic-Alatriste (ed.), Linking Discourse Studies to Professional Practice (2017-09-01)
Nao, Marion
Discourse & Society, 28(5) (pp. 567-569)


Book review: Roberta Piazza and Alessandra Fasulo (eds), Marked Identities: Narrating Lives between Social Labels and Individual Biographies (2016)
Nao, Marion
Discourse & Communication, 10(3) (pp. 314-316)


'So You Are from England': Categorization and Cultural Reduction in First-time Conversation Lounge Encounters between Foreign Teachers and Japanese Students of EFL (2015-05)
Nao, Marion
Applied Linguistics, 36(2) (pp. 194-214)


Book Review: Simon Weaver, The Rhetoric of Racist Humour: U.S., UK and Global Race Joking (2015)
Nao, Marion
International Sociology, 30(2) (pp. 180-182)


Book review: Karen Sullivan, Frames and Constructions in Metaphoric Language (2015)
Nao, Marion
Discourse Studies, 17(4) (pp. 491-493)


The preallocation of student topic nomination and negotiated compliance in conversation-for-learning (2013-08-27)
Nao, Marion
Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice, 7(3) (pp. 251-272)


The preallocation of student topic nomination and negotiated compliance in conversation-for-learning (2013-04-03)
Nao, Marion
Journal of Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice, 7(3) (pp. 251-272)


The pragmatic realization of the native speaking English teacher as a monolingual ideal (2011-12)
Nao, Marion
Journal of Pragmatics, 43(15) (pp. 3770-3781)