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Annabelle is Associate Professor of Linguistics, and Director of Research Training for the Department of Linguistics. Her research interests include the study of language in politics, media, healthcare and literature. In 2019 she published a War and its Ideologies: A Social-Semiotic Theory and Description, a book based on 15 years on research into how language legitimates some forms of violence while stigmatizing others. Annabelle is interested in contributing to a better public understanding about the nature and power of language. She has been interviewed on commercial and public radio, and has contributed a number of articles to The Conversation.

Annabelle combines discourse analysis with corpus methods. She is an affiliate of the Sydney Corpus Lab.

She is a member of Communicators Declare, an organisation of communications, PR and marketing professionals who have declared they will not work for organisations that support continued use of polluting fossil fuels. 

Research interests

Media, power, politics, climate denialism, ideologies around war and violence, and, as a counter balance to these topics, the aesthetics of language in literature

Research engagement

Currently researching communications in inflammatory bowel disease with researchers and clinicians at Ingham Applied Medical Research Institute and Liverpool Hospital.

Research student supervision

I am now ONLY accepting students with a strong grounding in Halliday's systemic functional linguistics (ideally combined with corpus linguistics) and looking at discourse analysis in the fields of law, media/political discourse, stylistics, healthcare communication


Annabelle convenes Ling2218 (Grammar and Meaning), and co-convenes Ling1109 (Language, Culture and Communication), and Ling7701 (Modern Linguistic Theories in the History of Human Sciences).


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