Morana Lukač, PhD
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Hi there! My name is [ˈmoranaˈluːkatʃ]. I'm a sociolinguist and a lecturer in English linguistics at the University of Greifswald, Germany. My research focuses on linguistic prescriptivism and discursive practices of online communities.
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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.
Before joining Greifwald's English Department in 2020, I spent eight years in the Netherlands at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, where I completed my PhD thesis (2018) and worked as a lecturer. I spent most of my life in Osijek, Croatia, where I was born, raised, and obtained my first degree in English and Philosophy. I then moved to the South of Austria where I completed 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 (2021) is available here.
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.