Morana Lukač, PhD
Hi there! My name is [ˈmoranaˈɫukatʃ]. I'm a postdoctoral research and teaching fellow in sociolinguistics at the University of Rostock and a guest researcher at Leiden University. My work focuses on linguistic prescriptivism and discursive practices of online communities.
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Before joining Rostock, between 2020 and 2022 I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Greifswald. From 2012 to 2020, I was a member of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, first as a doctoral researcher and later as a lecturer. I did my PhD at Leiden University as part of the Bridging the Unbridgeable research project on the concept of grassroots prescriptivism (or, broadly speaking, normative linguistic efforts of English speakers). I am currently investigating the discursive practices of people reporting traumatic experiences.
My doctoral thesis Grassroots prescriptivism was a sociolinguistic study of grassroots prescriptivism, bottom-up efforts of lay people to promote the standard language ideology. I used corpus-based methods as well as attitudinal surveys to investigate metalinguistic commentary expressed on traditional (letters to newspaper editors and radio phone-ins) and new media platforms (forum and blog discussions). My study was part of a larger research endeavour, namely, a sociolinguistic project at Leiden University entitled Bridging the Unbridgeable: Linguists, Prescriptivists and the General Public funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) that sought to close the gap between the three main players in the field of prescriptivism: the linguists themselves, the prescriptivists (as writers of usage guides) and those who depend upon such manuals. The project was led by Professor Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade.
Between 2012-2016 I regularly published posts on the project's blog.
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Copy editors and proof-readers
Between 2016 and 2021, I was involved in the organisation of the Sociolinguistics Talk Series at Leiden University which offers a platform for sociolinguists in the Low Countries and beyond to present their research.
The Routledge Handbook of Prescriptivism
Together with Joan Beal and Robin Straaijer, I am the co-editors of the Routledge Handbook of Prescriptivism (2023), a new volume in the Routledge series of handbooks on linguistic topics. The aim of the project is to provide a map of the current status of the field, adding to it the uncharted territory of prescriptivism and thus mark its two-decade transformation into a serious field of study within linguistics. Both the value and the method of studying prescriptivism have been challenged in the past, and this handbook is the first large-scale attempt to make a robust step towards demonstrating both. We attempt a broad coverage in terms of theoretical and methodological approaches, institutional contexts in which prescriptive efforts can be both observed and studied, as well as geographical and historical breadth.
Since 2020, I have been researching the practices of copy editors and proof-readers through a sociolinguistic study conducted together with Adrian Stenton (Leiden). We are interested in how linguistic norms are understood and implemented among gatekeepers in the complex World Englishes context.