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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 PhD thesis is the first corpus-assisted critical discourse study to provide a holistic overview of the construction of British, European and international identities in UK government documents, pro-Brexit newspapers and public opinion between February 2016 and December 2019. I use key semantic domain analysis and critical discourse analysis to examine patterns in the content and linguistic expression of national identity discourses across media and political discourses. I then use qualitative interviewing and narrative analysis to examine the stories through which interviewees negotiate their national identities. I draw on concepts from political science, history, sociology and European studies to determine whether there is a shared way of talking about Britishness, Europeanness and “extra-Europeanness” in Brexit Britain.

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature

Publications

Articles

Peer reviewed papers

Parnell, T. (2022). The representation of migrant identities in UK Government documents about Brexit: a corpus-assisted analysis. Journal of Language and Politics.

McClaughlin, E., Vilar-Lluch, S., Parnell, T., Knight, D., Nichele, E., Adolphs, S., Clos, J., & Schiazza, G. (2022). The reception of public health messages during the Covid-19 pandemicApplied Corpus Linguistics (ACORP).

Parnell, T. (2022). “Tinpot revolutionary agitation”: Framing Brexit-related demonstrations in the British pro-Brexit press. Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines. 14(1): 45-62.

Parnell, T. (2022). Unravelling the Global Britain vision? International relationships and national identity in UK Government documents about Brexit, 2016-2019. Discourse & Society. 33(3). 

Parnell, T. (2021). Humiliating and dividing the nation in the British pro-Brexit press: a corpus-assisted analysis. Critical Discourse Studies. 0(0): 1-17.


Non-peer reviewed papers

Parnell, T. (2017). The influence of sociopolitical ideology on the discursive construction of migrant, refugee and asylum seeker representations in The Express. Innervate: Leading Undergraduate Work in English Studies. [Undergraduate dissertation. Cited twice].


Public engagement publications and podcasts

Podcast: Conflict Tipping: Tamsin Parnell on Discourse and Division. (2022).

Parnell, T. (2021). Linguistic Horizons: Exploring the language of national identity during Brexit. Babel Magazine. Issue 36.

Kennedy, C. R., Parnell, T. and Rhodes, A. (2022). "Lived experience" activism? Researcher Activist Network Zine

Book reviews

Parnell, T. (2022). Book Review: Brexit as a Social and Political Crisis: Discourses in Media and Politics. Discourse Studies.

Parnell, T. (2021). Book Review: Corpus-Based Analysis of Ideological Bias: Migration in the British Press. Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies, 4. [Cited once].

Parnell, T. (2021). Book Review: Linguistic Inquiries into Donald Trump's Language: From 'Fake News' to 'Tremendous Success'Discourse Studies, 23(3). 

Parnell, T. (2021). Book Review: Britain and Europe in a Troubled WorldJournal of Languages, Texts and Society, 5.

Conferences

Papers

Parnell, T. (2022). "Tinpot revolutionary agitation": Framing Brexit-related demonstrations in the British pro-Brexit press". Corpora and Discourse International Conference 2022, Bertinoro, Italy. In-person. 26-28 August.

Parnell, T. (2022). Unravelling the Global Britain vision. International relationships and national identity in UK Government documents about Brexit, 2016-2019. Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines Conference 2022, University of Bergamo. 6-8 July. Online.

Parnell, T. (2022). "I still felt British": Negotiating Brexit-related identities through stories. Language, Ideology and Power research group. Lancaster University. 3 February. [Invited talk].

Parnell, T. (2021). "I still felt British": Negotiating Brexit-related identities through stories. Identity, Inequality and the Media in Brexit-COVID-19-Britain. University of Exeter. 10 November.

Parnell, T. (2021). "I still felt British": Negotiating Brexit-related identities through stories. Trent Language Sandwich. Nottingham Trent University. 3 November. [Invited talk].

Parnell, T. (2021). Imagining Europe in the pro-Brexit press (2016- 2019): a diachronic analysis of representation and socio-political agenda. 27th International Conference of Europeanists. Online. 25 June.

Parnell, T. (2021). Constructing the "acceptable EU migrant" in the UK Government's Brexit-related documents. Approaches to Migration, Language and Identity. University of Sussex. Online. 9 June. [See this article written about my presentation in The London Economic].

Parnell, T. (2021). 'A nation divided? Constructing Britain in the pro-Brexit British press, 2018–2019.' University of Sussex, MA module 'Language and Culture'. 12 February. [Invited talk].

Parnell, T. (2021). Representing Britain and Europe in the pro-Brexit British press, 2016-2019. Presented at: University of Nottingham School of English Postgraduate Research Symposium. Online. 22 January.

Parnell, T. (2021). United or Divided? Exploring the construction of Britishness in the pro-Brexit press and its socio-political implications. Presented at: Discourse and Politics Seminar Series 2021. Online. 11 January.

Parnell, T. (2020). From union to disunion: a diachronic analysis of national identity construction in the pro-Brexit press (2016-2019). Presented at: Created Identities Conference. Online. 5 September.

Parnell, T. (2020). 'Plotting', 'Robbing', 'Revolting': Remainers and national identity in the pro-Brexit press. Presented at: Corpora and Discourse International Conference. Online. 18 June.

Parnell, T. (2020). Identity, language and discourse. Presented at: AHRC/ESRC roundtable discussion. University of Nottingham. 20 February.

Chairing panels

Panel chair: 'Past and present'. Chaired at: School of English Research Symposium. 21 January 2022.

Panel chair: 'Texts, journalism and society in context'. Chaired at: Midlands4Cities Digital Research Festival 2021. Online. 8 June 2021.

Panel chair: 'Political (mis)information and concluding remarks'. Chaired at: Discourse and Politics Seminar Series 2021. Online. 8 March 2021.

Panel chair: 'Social movements'. Chaired at: Discourse and Politics Seminar Series 2021. Online. 8 February 2021.

Panel chair: 'Brexit'. Chaired at: Discourse and Politics Seminar Series 2021. Online. 11 January 2021.

Panel chair: 'Constructing and exploring social identities'. Chaired at: Languages, Texts and Society 4th Conference: The Researcher's Journey. Online. 12 June 2020.

Conference organisation

Registration helper: LAGB Conference 2021. September 2021.

Co-organiser: Midlands4Cities Research Festival. Online. 7-11 June 2021.

Co-organiser: Discourse and Politics Seminar Series 2021. Online. January - March 2021.

Programme advisor: University of Nottingham's School of English Postgraduate Research Symposium. January 2019.

Organiser: The Media Conference 2017. [Media and journalism conference with 70+ delegates as part of my role as Editor-in-Chief of Impact magazine].

Public Engagement & Impact

Academic activities

As the activities below indicate, I am passionate about amplifying postgraduate student voices in higher education. I am interested in all aspects of academic publishing, from peer review to production. I have been involved in designing, writing and editing various student-focused magazines and journals since 2015. I have experience teaching at all levels of undergraduate study.


2021-2022

  • Passed PRINCE2 Foundation exam.
  • Teaching Affiliate for Liberal Arts, University of Nottingham.
  • Hourly paid lecturer for English Language and Linguistics, De Montfort University.
  • Teaching Affiliate for English Language and Linguistics, University of Nottingham.
  • Research Assistant on the interdisciplinary Avian Influenza project.
  • Research Assistant on the interdisiplinary Coronavirus Discourses project.

2020-2021

  • Successfully applied to have the Journal of Languages, Texts & Society indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.
  • Co-organiser of a collaboration between Journey to Justice and the Discourse and Politics Seminar Series, focused on sharing the stories of lived experience activism with academics.
  • Teaching affiliate for the School of English, University of Nottingham (marking and feedback at UG level).
  • Guest lecturer on Corpus and Discourse Studies for the MA Corpus Linguistics module at the University of Nottingham.
  • Co-organiser of the Midlands4Cities Research Festival 2021.
  • Co-organiser of the Discourse and Politics Seminar Series 2021.
  • Student committee member, Linguistics Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • Blog editor, Linguistics Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  • Issue Management Editor for the Journal of Languages, Texts and Society (Issue 5).
  • Middle-stage postgraduate research representative, Learning Community Forum (School of English).
  • Peer mentor to two postgraduate taught students in the School of English, University of Nottingham.
  • Managed the social media and Wordpress for the Discourse and Politics Seminar Series 2021 - a series I co-organised with a fellow M4C student.

2019-2020

2018-2019
Pre-2018


Other Research Interests

  • Corpus linguistics (specifically CADS and key semantic domain analysis)
  • Critical discourse analysis (political and media discourses)
  • Identity construction
  • Nationalism; populism; migration discourses
  • Storytelling and narratives in interviews
  • "Lay discourses" about political events
  • Discursive and social exclusion; polarisation
  • Mixed methods and interdisciplinarity
  • Academic editing and publishing

Memberships

  • Student membership, British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL).
  • Student membership, University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES).
  • Student membership, Political Studies Association (PSA).
  • Student membership, Linguistics Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (LAGB).
  • Individual membership, Council for European Studies (CES).

Teaching experience

Visiting Lecturer in Applied Linguistics, Birmingham City University (September 2022 - Present)

  • Teaching first-year students the Foundations of Language module, third year students Applied Sociolinguistics, and MA students Sociolinguistics

Teaching Affiliate for English Language and Linguistics, University of Nottingham, March - September 2022

  • Taught first-year students on Academic Community, second-year undergraduate students on Language in Society, and MA students on Sociolinguistics of Work
  • Marking formatives and undergraduate and MA work
  • Office hours for pastoral support and feedback on work
  • Supervised three MSc students with their dissertations on language and gender and language and advertising.

Hourly paid part-time lecturer for English Language and Linguistics, De Monfort University. Spring semester, 2022.

  • Teaching second-year and third-year students on the modules Semantics and Language, Mind and Culture
  • Lecture and seminar plans & delivery
  • Office hours for pastoral support and feedback on work
  • Marking work

Teaching Affiliate for Liberal Arts, University of Nottingham. Autumn semester, 2021-22.

  • Teaching first-year undergraduates on the core module Introduction to Liberal Arts
  • Marking undergraduate work
  • Office hours for pastoral support and feedback on work
  • Seminar plans

Teaching Affiliate for English Language and Linguistics, University of Nottingham. Summer term, 2021.

  • Marking undergraduate essays


Non-academic prizes and nominations

Funding

  • Fully-funded PhD in Applied Linguistics (Midlands4Cities, 2019-2023).
  • MA English Studies Scholarship (University of Nottingham School of English, in conjunction with the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics, 2018-2019) . 
Academic awards 

  • University Prize (Awarded at my BA graduation in 2017).
  • Best Undergraduate Dissertation (School of English, University of Nottingham, 2017).
  • Best Student (School of English, University of Nottingham, 2017).
  • Bond Literary Essay Prize (School of English, University of Nottingham, 2017).
  • School of English Prize for the Best Single Honours Part I Student (2015-16).
Non-academic awards

  • Regional Award for Best Investigation in the Midlands (Student Publication Awards, Nov 2017).
  • Union Prize (University of Nottingham Students' Union, Jun 2017).
  • Best Magazine Design , Impact Magazine (Student Publication Awards, 2017).
Nominations




  • Under my chiefship, Impact Magazine was nominated for 11 awards at the 2017 Student Publication Awards - a record for the magazine. The nominations included: Best Publication, Best Website, Best News Story, Best Reporter and Best Comment Piece.  
  • Best News Story (Student Publication Awards, 2017).
  • Best Feature (Student Publication Awards, 2016)

Funding bids

  • Co-applicant: PRINCE2 Foundation Training, funded by Midlands4Cities. Awarded c. £15,000.