Morana Lukač, PhD

 Welcome to my website!

My name is [ˈmoranaˈluːkatʃ]. I am a sociolinguist and a lecturer at Leiden University Centre for Lingustics and a freelance editor of academic English. My research focuses on bottom-up prescriptive efforts, and, more broadly, on the relationship between ideologies and language variation.

Feel free to browse through this website, reach out, or chat on Twitter!

 

Books

 
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Grassroots prescriptivism

I conducted my doctoral research at Leiden University on bottom-up prescriptive efforts (i.e. grassroots prescriptivism) in the English language within the research project Bridging the Unbridgeable: Linguists, Prescriptivists and the General Public. In 2018, my thesis was published within the LOT (Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap - the Netherlands National Graduate School of Linguistics) publication series. 

Germany's Recognition of Croatia and Slovenia: Portrayal of the events in the British and the US press

Germany’s controversial recognition of Slovenia and Croatia in 1991 is still considered to be one of the likely triggers of the armed conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In my MA thesis, I analyzed the representation of these events in 300 broadsheet newspaper articles published in the US and the UK at the time. My corpus-based analysis, embedded within the theoretical frameworks of Critical Discourse Analysis and Critical Metaphor Analysis, clarifies the media representations of the new political role Germany asserted in international foreign policy post-unification.

Bio

Before joining Leiden University Centre for Linguistics as a doctoral researcher in 2012 (and in 2017 as a lecturer), I lived for most of my life in Osijek, Croatia, where I obtained my first degree in English and Philosophy. I then moved to the South of Austria where, in 2009, I enrolled in the Joint Master's program in English and American Studies at the University of Graz. I also worked in 2011-12 as a lecturer at the Linguistics Department in Zadar. My CV is available here.

 
 

Publications

2019

Attitudes to flat adverbs and English usage advice. In S. Jansen and L. Siebers (eds), Processes of Change in English - Studies in (Historical) Sociolinguistics. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins (159–82). (with Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade).

2018

2018

2017

From usage guides to language blogs. In I. Tieken-Boon van Ostade (ed.), English Usage Guides: History, Advice, Attitudes. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2016

2016

Linguistic prescriptivism in letters to the editor. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 37(3), 1–13.

2016

Language and Politics in Post-Soviet Russia: A Corpus Assisted Approach, Nelya Koteyko. Critical Discourse Studies 13(4), 460–2. (Book review)

2015

From usage guides to Wikipedia. Re-contextualizing the discourse on language use. In M. Bondi, S. Cacchiani and D. Mazzi (eds), Discourse In and Through the Media: Recontextualizing and Reconceptualizing Expert Discourse (315–50). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (with Robert Gutounig).

2015

Apostrophe(’)s, who needs them? English Today 30(3), 3–4.

2014

How word choice matters: An analysis of adjective-noun collocations in a corpus of learner essays. Jezikoslovlje 14(2–3), 385–402. (with Višnja Pavičić Takač).

2013

2011

Barrow, Logie and François Poirier (eds.), A Full-Bodied Society. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 36 (2), 161–3. (Book review)

 

Projects

Bridging the Unbridgeable: Linguists, Prescriptivists and the General Public 

My doctoral research was embedded within this project (PI: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade) in the period between 2012-2016. At that time I regularly published posts on the project's blog. 

Sociolinguistics Series

I am involved in the organization of the Sociolinguistics Talk Series at Leiden University. Follow us on Facebook here. The list of upcoming talks is available here.

Teaching

Leiden University (2019-20)

Second term:

  • LANGUAGE AND DIVERSITY (Leiden University College)

  • LANGUAGE AND IDEOLOGY (BA International Studies | Leiden University College)

  • THESIS SEMINAR (BA International Studies)

First term:

  • LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION (BA Linguistics)

  • RESEARCH METHODS (BA International Studies)

  • SOCIOLINGUISTICS (BA Linguistics)

Leiden University (2018-19)

Second term: 

  • CULTURE: EUROPE (BA International Studies)

  • LANGUAGE AND DIVERSITY (Leiden University College)

  • THESIS SEMINAR (BA International Studies)

First term: ​

  • LANGUAGE AND COMMUNICATION (BA Linguistics)

  • RESEARCH METHODS (BA International Studies)

  • SOCIOLINGUISTICS (BA Linguistics)

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (2018-19)

Second term: 

  • ENGLISH FOR THE MEDIA (BA Creative Business)

Leiden University (2017-18)

First term: ​

  • NEW MEDIA AND SOCIETY (BA Digital Humanities)

  • SOCIOLINGUISTICS (Leiden University College)

  • THE LANGUAGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA (MA Linguistics)

August 2017

  • CORPUS BUILDING (Leiden Summer School in Languages and Linguistics)

Leiden University (2016-17)

Second term:

  • CORPUS LINGUISTICS (BA Linguistics)

  • LANGUAGE IN USE AND CORPUS LINGUISTICS, (MA Linguistics)

Leiden University (2015-16)

Second term:

  • CORPUS LINGUISTICS (BA Linguistics)

Leiden University (2014-15)

Second term: 

  • CORPUS LINGUISTICS (BA Linguistics)

Leiden University (2013-14)

Second term: 

  • CORPUS LINGUISTICS (BA Linguistics)

University of Zadar (2011-12)

Second term:

  • CORPUS LINGUISTICS (MA Linguistics)

First term:

  • MORPHOLOGY (MA Linguistics) 

  • LEXICOLOGY AND LEXICOGRAPHY (tutorial), (MA Linguistics)

 
 

Contact

P.N. van Eyckhof 1
2311BV Leiden
Room number 1.02b

+31 71 527 2991

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©2019 by Morana Lukač.