Staff profile

Dr Barbara MacMahon


Senior Lecturer in English Language

Barbara MacMahon

Subject

English, Creative Writing and Publishing

College

College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department

Humanities

Campus

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

Email

b.macmahon@derby.ac.uk

About

Senior Lecturer in English Language

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the BA (Hons) English Literature and Language and English Language (Joint Honours). My teaching specialisms include Literary Linguistics, Pragmatics and Psycholinguistics.

Research interests

My research is in literary linguistics and literary pragmatics. I am currently interested in two main areas of literary language. One is the use of voice in narrative, how we can explain it using a cognitive theory of communication (relevance theory), and how it is related to non-literary modes of communication.

The other area is sound-patterning in poetry and poetic language. I am interested in how sound-patterning contributes to the effects of a poem, and how we process it as readers. I use psycholinguistic models of lexical access alongside relevance theory to explore these questions.

Qualifications

Recent publications