Sharon Glaas

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Department of English Language and Linguistics
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: A Corpus Assisted Study of Political and Media Discourse in the Lead Up to Britain's EU Membership Referendum
Supervisors: Professor Susan Hunston
PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics


  • MA by Research English Language and Linguistics
  • PGCert Advanced Research Methods
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature


  • Teaching Associate on various modules in English Language and Linguistics including Discourse Analysis, Language for Literature, and The Language Poets Use
  • Academic Writing Tutor and Workshop leader for the College of Arts and Law Academic Writing Advisory Service


My research compares political and media discourse on the EU in the lead up to British membership referendum in 2016. More specifically, I am comparing what the pro-EU Guardian newspaper was writing about the EU with what the EU itself was talking about at the time. My Corpus Assisted Discourse Study identifies the term "crisis" as particularly significant, related to ongoing effects of the 2008 global financial crisis. Ultimately I argue that the Guardian's pro-EU stance is significantly undermined by a focus on these negative effects. Furthermore, a major contribution of the study is the development of a novel analytical framework for political discourse that focuses on the linguistic means of persuasion in political discourse conceptualise as a claim to what I term "voteworthiness".

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  • Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) stipendiary PhD Studentship (2016)
  • Awarded Fellowship of the Higher education Academy (FHEA) (2020)


  • Glaas, S. (2020) ‘Dealing with Duplicates: Issues when Building Corpora of Online News Articles’. PGTips Research Seminar, University of Birmingham.
  • Glaas, S. (2019a) ‘A Sustained Misalignment of Values: EU discourse and the Pro-EU British Press’, in Europe’s Environments: Climates of Change and Sustainability in Cross-disciplinary Perspectives. Graduate Centre for Europe 13th Annual Conference, University of Birmingham.
  • Glaas, S. (2019b) ‘Comparing Media and Political Discourse: A Novel Analytical Framework’, in Linguistics and Beyond: Interdisciplinarity and Impact. Birmingham English Language Postgraduate Conference, University of Birmingham.
  • Glaas, S. (2017) ‘Talk About a Crisis: EU Discourse in the British Press’, in Communicating Social Science. Midlands Graduate School ESRC Student Conference, University of Birmingham.
  • Glaas, S. (2016) ‘When a Concern Becomes a Crisis: Evaluative Nouns and EU Discourse’[Poster], in. Postgraduate Research Poster Conference, University of Birmingham. Available at:

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