Professor Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
Personal Chair
Department of Applied Linguistics
Telephone: (01792) 604892
Room: Office - 333
Third Floor
Keir Hardie Building
Singleton Campus

I graduated from the University of Valencia with a B.A. Honours degree in English and German Linguistics. I then completed my Diploma in Language and Communication and my PhD in Discourse Analysis at the Centre for Language and Communication Research, Cardiff University.
Throughout my academic career I have worked on a number of major research projects, including an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project on media discourse and memory that used the 2005 London bombings as a case study, and several cross-cultural and cross-gender communication projects (funded by Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation). I am the Chair of the International Association for the Study of Spanish in Society and serve as a member of the editorial boards of Memory Studies (Sage), Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict (John Benjamins) and Spanish in Context (John Benjamins)
I welcome enquiries from potential research students in the fields of media discourse analysis (in particular broadcast and online contexts) and (im)politeness.


  1. Lorenzo-Dus, N. & Izura, C. “ cause ur special ”: Understanding trust and complimenting behaviour in online grooming discourse. Journal of Pragmatics, 112, 68-82.
  2. Lorenzo-Dus, N., Izura, C., & Perez-Tattam, R. Understanding Grooming Discourse in Computer Mediated Environments. Discourse, Context & Media
  3. Broome, L., Izura, C., Lorenzo-Dus, N., Lorenzo-Dus, N., & Izura, C. Data on fantasy vs contact driven internet-initiated sexual offences: Study selection, appraisal and characteristics. Data in Brief, 18, 1869-1876.
  4. Lorenzo-Dus, N. & Smith, P. The visual construction of political crises: A news values approach. Crisis and the Media: Narratives of Conflict across Cultural Settings and Media Genres (pp. 151-176). John Benjamins
  5. Lorenzo-Dus, N. Style, sociolinguistic change and political broadcasting: the case of the Spanish news show Salvados. Style, Media and Change: Sociolinguistics Perspectives on Talking Media (pp. 27-50). Oxford University Press

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  • ALE218 Discourse Analysis

    This module introduces students to key approaches and research methodologies in the broad field of discourse analysis, including ethnography of communication, speech act theory, pragmatics, register analysis, genre analysis, and interactional sociolinguistics/conversation analysis. We will discuss these approaches, their strengths and limitations, and critically examine the application of these approaches in empirical research studies. The course features hands-on data analyses, and students will be responsible for carrying out an original discourse analysis based on original data.

  • ALE316 Language in the Media

    This module builds upon work that you have done on discourse analysis during years 1 and , applying it to a range of media texts, including television interviews, documentaries, political debates, social network sites, and participatory news sites. You will use several of the main theoretical frameworks in Discourse Analysis to do so. For example, you will draw upon the micro-analytic methods of Conversation Analysis to examine how political interviews on television and radio phone-in programmes are routinely structured: How are they opened and closed?; How are `neutral¿ questions posited?; and How are answers evaded? Likewise, using Im-Politeness theories, you will examine verbal conflict and aggression in online political deliberation. You will also learn about the similarities in the use of narratives across genres as diverse as documentaries, news and talkshows . The course will improve your data collection and discourse analytic skills. It will also teach you to assess critically the impact of media discourse upon contemporary society (and vice versa) and to evaluate discursive practices whereby identities are legitimised and/or challenged within the media.


  • Visual Extremism Online: A Discursive News Values Analysis of Social Media Images from Radical Right Groups (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Lella Nouri
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • Modelling difficulty and measuring uptake in L2 lexical acquisition. (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
  • no changes required at this stage (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • The language of online child sexual groomers - a corpus assisted discourse study of intentions and duration (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • Victimisation in a digital world: a study of computer misuse and fraud victims reports in Wales (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Prof Stuart Macdonald
  • Vocabulary retention in a spaced repetition longitudinal field study with high-school language learners (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Dr Cornelia Tschichold
  • A News Values Analysis of Media Representations of Male Schizophrenia (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Dr Robert Penhallurick
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
  • Deconstructing Deception in Online Grooming Communications: A Deceptive Truth (awarded 2019)

    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
    Other supervisor: Dr Cristina Izura
  • 'The discourse of mental health: an analysis of perceptions and usage.' (awarded 2018)

    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus
    Other supervisor: Dr Robert Penhallurick
  • Poverty and Social Exclusion in British Political Leaders' Party Conferences Speeches (1900-2014): A Corpus Assisted Discourse Studies (awarded 2017)

    Other supervisor: Prof Jim Milton
    Other supervisor: Prof Nuria Lorenzo-Dus

Administrative Responsibilities

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2003 2006 Lecturer, Linguistics Swansea University
2006 2009 Senior Lecturer, English Language and Literature Department Swansea University
2009 2011 Reader, English Language and Literature Department Swansea University
2011 Present Professor, English Language and Literature Department Swansea University

External Responsibilities

Key Grants and Projects

  • Gender, social inequality and media/political discourse (GENTEXT II). by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (SMSI). Co-investigator 2012 - 2014

  • Online communicative profiling. Bridging the Gaps Programme (Swansea University). 2012 - 2013

    , with Dr Cristina Izura

  • An interdisciplinary analysis of Anglo-American relations. Principal Investigator. 2011 - 2012

    Awarded by RIAH. , with Dr S Marsh (Cardiff University)

  • Discourses of gender (in)equality in Spanish/ British society (GENTEXT I). Co-investigator. 2009 - 2011

    Awarded by SMSI.

  • Mediating and commemorating the 2005 London bombings. Co-investigator. 2008 - 2010


  • Research Leave. 2006 - 2007

    Awarded by the AHRC.

  • Discourse and politeness across cultures. Co-investigator. 2003 - 2006

    Awarded by SMSI.

Research Groups

  • Language Research Centre

    The Language Research Centre (LRC) is a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. The principal mission of the Language Research Centre is to facilitate high impact, cutting-edge applied research across a range of domains (education, government, health, finance, literature, translations, etc) and perspectives (lexical, morpho-syntactical, discursive, stylistic, computational, historical, etc).