Alicia Wickert

Alicia Wickert

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: Investigating Impoliteness and Impoliteness Reciprocity in Political Language
SupervisorsDr Joe Spencer-Bennett and Dr Matteo Fuoli
PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics


  • MA Intercultural Communication – Distinction - Dissertation Title: ‘The 2016 US Presidential Election Debates: Identifying Threatening and Uncooperative Communicative Behaviour.’
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics – Second Class: Upper Division (2:1) - Dissertation Title: ‘Analysing a Conversation from a Pragmatic Perspective: Investigating Politeness, Face-threats, Gender and Rapport.’


My research focuses on impoliteness and impoliteness reciprocity in interaction, specifically in political discourse. This research aims to identify and analyse impoliteness features and instances of (im)politeness reciprocity (or lack of) in political interviews/press briefings. This reciprocity investigation includes the analysis of events where impoliteness is mirrored by interactants and occasions where impoliteness is not reciprocated. Additionally, this research will investigate how political impoliteness is recaptured and recontextualised on social media platforms and how this language is interpreted by social media commentators.

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