Dr James Balfour

  • Lecturer in Stylistics (English Language & Linguistics)

Biography

My research interests focus on representations of mental health in public discourse, and how these are shaped by cultural and historical forces. To observe culturally significant patterns, I use theories and techniques from corpus linguistics, which enables the analysis semi-formulaic linguistic patterns shared over hundreds of texts.

To date, my research has focussed on representations of schizophrenia in the UK press, which was the focus on my PhD thesis at Lancaster University. I have recently developed this prize-winning research into a monograph entitled Representing schizophrenia: A Corpus-Based Approach to UK Press Coverage, to be published with Routledge later this year.

I am increasingly becoming interested in online communication, a site where health-related knowledge of varying quality and accuracy is proliferated. As a result of this, I am currently conducting research into the representation of personality disorders on an online forum, with a particular focus on the language of responsibility and blame.

I am also involved in the Spoken Learner Corpus Project, a collaboration between Lancaster University and Trinity College London.

Publications

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2023

Balfour, J. (2023) Representing Schizophrenia in the Media: a Corpus-Based Approach to UK Press Coverage. Series: Routledge applied corpus linguistics. Routledge. ISBN 9780367560034 (doi: 10.4324/9781003096054)

2020

Balfour, J. (2020) Representation of people with schizophrenia in the British press. In: Friginal, E. and Hardy, J. A. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Approaches to Discourse Analysis. Series: Routledge handbooks in applied linguistics. Routledge: London ; New York, pp. 537-553. ISBN 9780367201814 (doi: 10.4324/9780429259982-31)

2019

Balfour, J. (2019) 'The mythological marauding violent schizophrenic': Using the word sketch tool to examine representations of schizophrenic people as violent in the British press. Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies, 2, pp. 40-64. (doi: 10.18573/jcads.10)

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Articles

Balfour, J. (2019) 'The mythological marauding violent schizophrenic': Using the word sketch tool to examine representations of schizophrenic people as violent in the British press. Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies, 2, pp. 40-64. (doi: 10.18573/jcads.10)

Books

Balfour, J. (2023) Representing Schizophrenia in the Media: a Corpus-Based Approach to UK Press Coverage. Series: Routledge applied corpus linguistics. Routledge. ISBN 9780367560034 (doi: 10.4324/9781003096054)

Book Sections

Balfour, J. (2020) Representation of people with schizophrenia in the British press. In: Friginal, E. and Hardy, J. A. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Approaches to Discourse Analysis. Series: Routledge handbooks in applied linguistics. Routledge: London ; New York, pp. 537-553. ISBN 9780367201814 (doi: 10.4324/9780429259982-31)

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Supervision

  • You, Zijin
    Framing design for the marginalised voice of “female boxers” in China

Teaching

Pre-Honours (2022-23)

I am the convenor of the Level 1 course in English Language & Linguistics. I also run the Language, Power and Authority strand of the 1A course Language, Meaning and Power in Semester 1.

I run the Analysing Conversation strand of the 2B course Language, Mind and Expression in Semester 2.

Honours (2022-23)

I convene Written Text Analysis (ENGLANG4055) and its postgraduate extension Methods in Written Text Analysis (ENGLANG5112) in Semester 1.

I am convenor of Corpus Linguistics (ENGLANG4032) and its postgraduate extension (ENGLANG5094) in Semester 2.

I lecture on Culture and English Language Teaching (ENGLANG4033) in Semester 1.