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Tamsin Parnell

Languages and Literature, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

"Brexit Britain": How do British political documents and pro-Brexit newspapers construct British, EU and extra-European identities in Brexit-related immigration discourse?

My thesis examines the ideologies of Britishness, Europeanness and extra-Europeanness in pro-Brexit newspapers, documents from the Home Office, Foreign Office and Department for Exiting the European Union, and in the speech of people living in the East Midlands. It takes a mixed-method approach, combining corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis and focus group interviews.

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


Undergraduate school publications

Parnell, T. (2017). 'The influence of sociopolitical ideology on the discursive migrant, refugee and asylum seeker representations in The Express', Innervate: Leading Undergraduate Work in English Studies. <https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/english/documents/innervate/16-17/1.-parnell-t-q33406-dissertation.pdf>

Other Research Interests

Corpus linguistics

Critical discourse analysis

Political discourse analysis

Academic editing and publishing

I've also enjoyed studying Spanish; Anglo-Saxon literature and language; and Romantic literature. 

Roles in Higher Education

Learning Community Forum Representative

First year PGR English LCF representative (2019-2020)

MA English Studies LCF representative (2018-2019)

Research Assitant

Research assistant for the Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Nottingham (2018-2019)

Research assistant for the Marginalised Families Online project (2018-2019)

Publication work

Designer of 'The Voices of Women Leaders in Africa' project booklet (2019)