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Argyro Kantara


person name Position: Postgraduate Researcher Email:
Area: Centre for Language and Communication Research

PhD Research

I am carrying out a synchronic analysis of televised pre-election interviews conducted during the last (2012) Greek elections. My primary focus is to chart the changing nature of neutralism by means of examining adversarial challenges and responses to them. A secondary aim is to examine the importance of question design, in terms of form and content, in the development of candidates’ public portrait and how politicians themselves orient to that portrayal. Apart from contributing to the growing body of cross-cultural research on broadcast talk, my research aims also to contribute to the empirical studies of the epistemology of TV journalism in relation to its knowledge producing practices. In that respect my research sits quite comfortably at the crossroads between conversation analysis and social psychology, pragmatics and propaganda studies, interactional sociolinguistics and journalism studies.

Supervisor: Dr Frances Rock, Dr Tereza Spilioti

Academic Background

2011      MSc in Social Research Methods, Faculty of Social Sciences, Open University, UK
2009      MA in Modern English Language by distance learning, School of Music and Humanities,              University of Huddershfield, UK
2000      MSc in Teaching English for Specific Purposes, Language Studies Unit, Aston   
             University, UK
1999      RSA/Cambridge Diploma for Overseas Teachers of English (DOTE)
1998      Advanced Certificate in Principles of TESOL (distance learning course), Language Studies              Unit,  Aston University, UK
1994      Ptyxion (BA Honors) in Theology, Faculty of Theology, School of Theology, Aristotle  
             University of Thessaloniki, Greece


“Impoliteness Strategies in “House M.D” Lodz Papers in Pragmatics. Volume 6, Issue 2, Pages 305–339, ISSN (Online) 1898-4436, ISSN (Print) 1895-6106, DOI: 10.2478/v10016-010-0015-9, February 2011, available at:

“Adversarial challenges and responses in Greek Political Interviews. A Case Study” Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (2012) 5 (2): 171-189

“Indexing in Fairy Tales: Evidence for the role fairy tales play in children’s concept formation” Lodz Papers in Pragmatics. Volume 9, Issue 1, Pages 125–151, ISSN (Online) 1898-4436, ISSN (Print) 1895-6106, DOI: 10.1515/lpp-2013-0007, June 2013

Conferences, symposia and seminars

What motivates teachers inspires learners, paper presented at the 29th TESOL Greece Annual Convention, 15-16 March 2008, Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece

Issues of Cross-Cultural interruption in a multicultural group, paper presented at the Linguistic Impoliteness and Rudeness II Conference, 30th June-2nd July 2009, Lancaster University
Impoliteness Strategies in House, M.D, poster presented at the 5th International Symposium on Politeness, 30 June-2 July 2010, University of Basel, Switzerland

Adversarial Challenges and responses in Greek Political Interviews. A Case Study, paper presented at the Third International Conference Critical Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD), 13-15 September 2010, University of Lodz, Poland

Modality/Hedging in Sherlock Holmes’ direct speech as indicators of Politeness, paper presented at the 6th International Symposium on Politeness, 11-13 July 2011, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey

Who won in Seattle? Critical Discourse Analysis of two articles that appeared in the British Press on December 1999 concerning the future of globalization, paper presented in the Spectres of Class Conference, 15-16 July 2011, University of Chester, UK

Indexing in Fairy Tales: Evidence for the Role Fairy Tales Play in Children’s Concept formation, paper presented at the 1st Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference, 14-15 October 2011, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Politicians challenging journalists! Is it possible? poster presented at the Spotlight on Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference, Cardiff University, Students Union March 14 2013

Neutralism revisited: What form is it taking? poster presented at the 5th International Language in the Media Conference: Redefining Journalism: participation, practice, change, 28-30 September 2013, Queen Mary University of London, UK


Postgraduate Tutor for “Introduction to Language” and “Introduction to Media Language”
(Cardiff University 2013-
(2005-2009)Linguistics, EAP, ESP tutor, IST College, Athens, Greece
(1995-2012) EFL, ESP teacher (Thessaloniki, Athens, Greece)