Dr Stephen Pihlaja

Stephen Pihlaja

Position: Reader in Stylistics
Tel: 0121 476 1181 (Ext. 2240)
Email: S.Pihlaja@newman.ac.uk



Stephen is an applied linguist, discourse analyst, and stylistician who teaches and researches language use. Originally from Chicago, Stephen has lived and taught in Japan, Malaysia, and the UK. His first monograph, entitled ‘Antagonism on YouTube’ describes an instance of ‘drama’ — or antagonistic debate — among Christians and atheists on YouTube. Stephen has participated in a variety of research projects on young Muslim identity, talk about sexual violence, and inter-religious dialogue and has edited special issues of Language and Literature and Metaphor and the Social World. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of English Language Studies.

Research Interests

Stephen is interested in the use of language in religious interaction, in both online and offline contexts, particularly descriptions of and arguments about religious experience and expression among Evangelical Christians, Muslims, and atheists. He also researches talk about sexual experience and sexual violence, particularly in higher education and online settings.

Current Teaching

Stephen is the module co-ordinator and leader for all English language courses. He teaches courses in Sociolinguistics, Metaphor, and Literary Linguistics, among others.

Administrative Responsibilities

Vice-Chair of the Minor Amendments Panel, member of Work-Based Learning Management Group at Newman University.

Membership of Professional Organisations

  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • University Council of General and Applied Linguistics (secretary)
  • Poetics and Linguistics Association (membership secretary)
  • Researching and Applying Metaphor Association (member)
  • British Association of Applied Linguistics (member)
Publications, Conferences, and Other Research Activity

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Last updated: 04 January 2017

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