Staff Profile

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Dr Alexandra Polyzou

Senior Lecturer

School: School of Language Studies and Applied Linguistics

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 921687

Profile summary

I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Language, Communication and Applied Linguistics and joint Programme Director of the BA(Hons) English Language and Communication, together with Antonia Linehan.

Prior to becoming a Lecturer in Language, Communication and Applied Linguistics at CCCU I worked at the University of Portsmouth, Oxford Brookes University and Lancaster University.

I hold a PhD in Linguistics and an MA in Language Studies from Lancaster University and a BA in English Language and Literature from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

My interests include Critical Discourse Analysis (especially socio-cognitive approaches); Language, Gender and Sexuality; and Pragmatics.

Research and knowledge exchange

I am interested in researching and supervising postgraduate research in

- Language, Gender and Sexuality, with a special interest in sexual education discourse and media discourse. I am also very interested in the identity and the intersections of gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, age and other identity constructs. 

- Pragmatics and Stylistics, with a focus on critical applications

- Critical Discourse Studies, including pragmatic and cognitive approaches


I am joint founder and co-ordinator of the Discourse, Power & Society reading and research group, together with Eleni Kapogianni (UKC), which meets twice a month during term-time (https://blogs.kent.ac.uk/discourse-power-society/).


Current PhD supervision:  

1st supervisor: 

Zhu Yu: Empathy and Point of View in Literature: A Stylistic Analysis of ‘Clash Moments’ in Americanah

Ibtisam Boutemedjet: Classroom Discourse Analysis: The Impact of Gender on Algerian EFL Classroom Interaction

Martin Mielick: Language ideologies of English as a global language in Japan: The effects on Japanese university students’ self-national and self-global identities

Jacopo Castaldi

Nour Eddine Brahimi


2nd supervisor: 

Amina Kebabi: An ethnographic study of the identity construction of people engaged in university work who have been exposed to different cultural backgrounds: A consideration of the role of language in cultural identity

Deanna Demetriou: Immigration Discourse in Britain: Online Representations of the EU ‘Other’ 

Rob Lowe: Resisting native-speakerism in Japanese tertiary education: Towards a more equitable model of course development and design. (completed)

Teaching and subject expertise

In 2018-19 I teach

Language & Gender and Language & Society (3rd year)

Discourse, Text & Genre and Investigating Language & Communication (2nd year)

Exploring Communication (1st year) and

Research Methods MA/PgDip TESOL


I am also involved in BA Individual Study and MA Dissertation supervision.

I also run the Individual Study and Extended Essay modules.

Other modules I have taught on in CCCU include Group Communication and Intercultural Communication II on the ELC programme.

In the past I have also enjoyed teaching modules on discourse analysis, psychology of communication, sociolinguistics, stylistics and media discourse (BA level), as well as Critical Discourse Analysis (MA level).

External activities

4-6 July 2018. Representations of Gender and Ethnicity in the EU migration debate: An examination of UK (online) right-wing press. (with Deanna Demetriou). Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD). Aalborg University, Aalbor, Denmark.

24-26 September 2015. Pragmatics, Critical Discourse Analysis and Cognition. DiscourseNet International Congress 1: Discourse, Language, Society, Critique. Unversity of Bremen, Bremen, Germany. 

3 July 2015. (keynote). Discourse, Gender and Power: Looking at lifestyle magazines' Cutting Edges. Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK. 

1-3 September 2014. Gender and class in Greek lifestyle magazines post-crisis. Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD). Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary. 

10 July 2013. (invited). Running session on The Construction of Gendered and Sexualised Identities in Popular Culture Products (jointly with Irene Theodoropoulou). Workshop on Language, Gender and Sexuality: Discourses of precarious citizenships in precarious times – the Balkan experience. 1-15 July 2013. https://lagesec2013.pns.aegean.gr/ University of the Aegean. Eressos, Greece. 

4-6 July 2012. Ideological presuppositions in Greek women’s lifestyle magazines: Post-feminism and sexual health. Paper presentation. Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis across Disciplines (CADAAD). University of Minho, Braga, Portugal.

Publications and research outputs

Polyzou, A. 2018. Pragmatics and Critical Discourse Studies. In Flowerdew, J. and Richardson, J. (eds). The Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies. London: Routledge.

Polyzou, A. 2015. Presupposition in discourse: Theoretical and methodological issues. Critical Discourse Studies. 12 (2), pp. 123-138.

Polyzou, A. 2010. Desires, sexuality and lifestyle. In Canakis, C., Yannakopoulos, K. and Kantsa, V. (eds.) Language and Sexuality through (and beyond) Gender. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publications.

Kosetzi, K. and Polyzou, A. 2009. Ο ΤΕΛΕΙΟΣ ΑΝΤΡΑΣ, Ο ΑΝΤΡΑΣ Ο ΣΩΣΤΟΣ - ‘THE PERFECT MAN, THE PROPER MAN’: Representations of masculinities in Nitro, a Greek men’s lifestyle magazine. Gender and Language. 3 (2), pp. 143-180.

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