Research interests, projects and output (Locher)

Pragmatics of Fiction
Locher 2017 reflective writing
Locher 2006 Advice Online
Locher 2004
Locher and Sidiropoulou 2021
Special Issue 2019
e-health 2017
Locher and Jucker 2017
Pizziconi and Locher 2015
Pragmatics 2015
Gygax and Locher 2015
Limberg and Locher 2012
Angouri and Locher 2012
Locher 2010
Locher and Graham 2010
Duchene and Locher 2010
Bousfield and Locher 2008
locher and strassler 2008

Research interests

  • interpersonal pragmatics and relational work
  • pragmatics of fiction and relational work (translation and subtitling)
  • language and politeness/impoliteness
  • language and power
  • language and disagreement
  • language and advice
  • language and emotions
  • narratives
  • computer-mediated discourse
  • Internet health communication (especially advice columns on health topics)
  • medical humanities

 

Research projects

Unibas: Pragmatics of Fiction: Lay subtitling and online communal viewing

SNF: 'Life (beyond) writing': Illness narratives

SNF: Language and Health Online

UniBas: Relational work in Facebook

 

Research output

e-doc (university repository; with pdfs; excluding monographs, edited books and special issues)

publication list

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4630-7388

Scopus: ID=16238998600

Google Scholar

Monographs

Locher, Miriam A. (2004). Power and Politeness in Action: Disagreements in Oral Communication. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Locher, Miriam A. (2006). Advice Online. Advice-giving in an American Internet Health Column. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Intranet access with VPN) (Publisher information)

Locher, Miriam A. (2017). Reflective Writing in Medical Practice: a Linguistic Perspective. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Locher, Miriam A., & Jucker, Andreas H. (2021). The Pragmatics of Fiction. Literature, Stage and Screen Discourse. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

under review:

Landert, Daniela, Dayter, Daria, Messerli, Thomas C.& Locher, Miriam A. (under review). Corpus Pragmatics. Elements in Pragmatics Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Locher, Miriam A., Jucker, Andreas H., Landert, Daniela, & Messerli, Thomas C. (under review). Fiction and Pragmatics. Elements in Pragmatics Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dayter, Daria, Messerli, Thomas C.& Locher, Miriam A. (under review). Pragmatics in Translation. Elements in Pragmatics Series. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Edited books

Bousfield, Derek, & Locher, Miriam A. (Eds.). (2008). Impoliteness in Language. Studies on its Interplay with Power in Theory and Practice. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Gygax, Franziska, & Locher, Miriam A. (Eds.). (2015). Narrative Matters in Medical Contexts across Disciplines. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Limberg, Holger, & Locher, Miriam A. (Eds.). (2012).  Advice in Discourse. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. (Intranet access with VPN) (Publisher information)

Locher, Miriam A., & Graham, Sage Lambert (Eds.). (2010). Interpersonal Pragmatics. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

Locher, Miriam A., & Strässler, Jürg (Eds.). (2008).Standards and Norms in the English Language. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

Locher, Miriam A. and Jucker, Andreas H. (eds.) ( 2017). The Pragmatics of Fiction. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

Pizziconi, Barbara, & Locher, Miriam A. (Eds.). (2015). 'Teaching' and 'Learning' (Im)politeness. Berlin/Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

in preparation:

Locher, Miriam A., Dayter, Daria, & Messerli, Thomas C. (Eds.) (in prep.) Pragmatics and Translation. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

 

Special issues

Angouri, Jo, & Locher, Miriam A. (Eds.). (2012). Special issue on 'Theorising disagreement' in Journal of Pragmatics 44 (12).

Duchêne, Alexandre, & Locher, Miriam A. (Eds.). (2010). Special issue on 'Travaux de jeunes chercheur-e-s en linguistique apllicquée' in Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée 91. 
Link to open access journal

Locher, Miriam A. (Ed.). (2010). Special issue on 'Politeness and impoliteness in computer-mediated communication' in Journal of Politeness Research 6.1, 1-150.

Locher, Miriam A., Bolander, Brook, & Höhn, Nicole (Eds.). (2015). Special issue on 'Relational Work in Facebook and Discussion Boards/Fora' in Pragmatics 25.1, 1-122.

Locher, M. A., & Larina, T. (Eds.). (2019). Special issue on '(Im)politeness in global contexts'. in Russian Journal of Linguistics. (Open access)

Locher, M. A., & Sidiropoulou, M. (Eds.). (2021). Special issue on 'Pragmatics of translation'. in Journal of Pragmatics.

Locher, Miriam. A., & Thurnherr, Franziska (Eds.). (2017). Special issue on 'Language and health online: Typing yourself healthy'. in Linguistics Online 87 (8/17). (Open access)

in preparation:

Messerli, Thomas C. & Locher, Miriam A., (Eds.) (in prep.) Discourse practices of video-oriented textual comments (Special issue). Discourse, Context & Media.

 

Articles and reviews in peer-reviewed journals

Angouri, J., & Locher, M. A. (2012). Theorising disagreement. Journal of Pragmatics, 44(12), 1549-1553. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2012.06.011

Berger, M., Jucker, A. H., & Locher, M. A. (2016). Interaction and space in the virtual world of Second Life. Journal of Pragmatics, 101, 83-100. doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2016.05.009

Bolander, B., & Locher, M. A. (2014). Doing sociolinguistic research on computer-mediated data: A review of four methodological issues. Discourse, Context & Media, 3, 14-26. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2013.10.004

Bolander, B., & Locher, M. A. (2015). “Peter is a dumb nut”: Status updates and reactions to them as 'acts of positioning' in Facebook. Pragmatics, 25(1), 99-122. doi.org/10.1075/prag.25.1.05bol

Bolander, B., & Locher, M. A. (2020). Beyond the online offline distinction: Entry points to digital discourse. Discourse, Context & Media, 35(100383), 1-8. doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2020.100383

Duchêne, A., & Locher, M. A. (2010). Introduction: Travaux de jeunes chercheur-e-s en linguistique apllicquée. Bulletin suisse de linguistique appliquée, 91, 1-5. Link to open access journal

Duman, S., & Locher, M. A. (2008). "So let's talk. Let's chat. Let's start a dialogue": An analysis of the conversation metaphor employed in Clinton's and Obama's YouTube campaign clips. Multilingua, 27, 193–230. doi.org/10.1515/MULTI.2008.011

Gygax, F., Koenig, R., Locher, M. A., & Tischler, V. (2013). Interdisziplinäres Forschungsprojekt: «Life (Beyond) Writing: Illness Narratives». Bulletin SAGW: Dossier Gesundheitsforschung. Perspektiven der Sozialwissenschaften, 3, 60-61.

Harvey, K., Locher, M. A., & Mullany, L. (2013). “Can i be at risk of getting AIDS?” A linguistic analysis of two Internet advice columns on sexual health. Linguistics Online, 59(2), 111-132. dx.doi.org/10.13092/lo.59.1145

Langlotz, A., & Locher, M. A. (2012). Ways of communicating emotional stance in online disagreements. Journal of Pragmatics, 44(12), 1591-1606. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2012.04.002

Langlotz, A., & Locher, M. A. (2013). The role of emotions in relational work. Journal of Pragmatics, 58, 87-107. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2013.05.014

Locher, M. A. (2002). Das 36. Linguistische Kolloquium. Ljubljana, 12. bis 14. September 2001. Zeitschrift für Germanistische Linguistik, 30(1), 126–128.

Locher, M. A. (2004). Review of Janet Holmes and Maria Stubbe. Power and Politeness in the Workplace. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 8(4), 616–620.

Locher, M. A. (2006). The discursive approach to polite behavior: A response to Glick. Language in Society, 35(5), 733–735.

Locher, M. A. (2006). Polite Behavior within Relational Work: The Discursive Approach to Politeness. Multilingua: Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication, 25(3), 249-267. dx.doi.org/10.1515/MULTI.2006.015

Locher, M. A. (2010). Health Internet sites: A linguistic perspective on health advice columns. Social Semiotics, 20(1), 43-59. https://doi.org/10.1080/10350330903438402

Locher, M. A. (2010). Introduction: Politeness and impoliteness in computer-mediated communication. Journal of Politeness Research, 6(1), 1-5. doi.org/10.1515/JPLR.2010.001

Locher, M. A. (2010). Review of: Guy Ramsay. Shaping Minds. A Discourse Analysis of Chinese-language Community Mental Health Literature. Multilingua, 29(1), 129-132.

Locher, M. A. (2012). Review of: Jonathan Culpeper and Dániel Z. Kádár (eds.). Historical (Im)Politeness. (Linguistic Insights 65.) 2010. Bern: Peter Lang. ISBN: 978-3-03911-496-2. 300 pp. Journal of Historical Pragmatics, 13(1), 169-172.

Locher, M. A. (2013). Relational work and interpersonal pragmatics. Journal of Pragmatics, 58, 145-149. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2013.09.014

Locher, M. A. (2013). Review of: Cyberpragmatics: Internet-Mediated Communication in Context. Francisco Yus, Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, Volume 213, John Benjamins, Amsterdam, 2011, 353 pp., ISBN 978 90 272 5619 5, Euro 95, USD 143 (hardback). Journal of Pragmatics, 47, 128-130. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2012.12.002

Locher, M. A. (2015). Interpersonal Pragmatics and its link to (im)politeness research. Journal of Pragmatics, 86, 5-10. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2015.05.010

Locher, M. A. (2015). Language and communication in computer-mediated contexts: A rich and challenging research field. Anglistik. Special issue: Focus on Twenty-First Century Literature, 26(2), 125-137.

Locher, M. A. (2015). Review of: Real Talk. Reality Television and Discourse Analysis in Action. Nuria Lorenzo-Dus and Pilar Garcés-Conejos Blitvich (Eds), Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2013, 296 pp., ISBN 978-0-230-36871-2, £74, EUR 100, USD 88 (hardback; paperback available). Journal of Pragmatics, 75, 25-27. doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2014.10.003

Locher, Miriam A. (2020). Moments of relational work in English fan translations of Korean TV drama. Journal of Pragmatics, 170, 139-155. doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2020.08.002

Locher, M. A., & Bolander, B. (2019). Ethics in pragmatics. Journal of Pragmatics, 145, 83-90. doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2019.01.011

Locher, M. A., Bolander, B., & Höhn, N. (2015). Introducing relational work in Facebook, discussion boards and new media events. Pragmatics, 25(1), 1-21. doi.org/10.1075/prag.25.1.01loc

Locher, M. A., & Hoffmann, S. (2006). The emergence of the identity of a fictional expert advice-giver in an American Internet advice column. Text and Talk, 26(1), 69-106. doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2006.004

Locher, M. A., Jucker, A. H., & Berger, M. (2015). Negotiation of space in Second Life newbie interaction. Discourse, Context and Media, 9, 34-45. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2015.06.002

Locher, M. A., & Langlotz, A. (2008). Relational work: At the intersection of cognition, interaction and emotion. Bulletin Suisse de Linguistique Appliquée (VALS-ASLA), 88, 165-191. doc.rero.ch/record/11762

Locher, M. A., & Larina, T. (2019). Introduction to politeness and impoliteness research in global contexts Russian Journal of Linguistics, 23(4), 873-903. doi.org/10.22363/2312-9182-2019-23-4-873-903

Locher, M. A., & Mondada, L. (2014). Linguistics and the New Media. dichtung-digital, 44.

Locher, Miriam A., & Messerli, Thomas C. (2020). Translating the other: Communal TV watching of Korean TV drama. Journal of Pragmatics, 170, 20-36. doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2020.07.002

Locher, Miriam A., & Sidiropoulou, Maria. (2021). Introducing the special issue on the pragmatics of translation. Journal of Pragmatics, 178, 121-126. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2021.03.007

Locher, M. A., & Thurnherr, F. (2017). Typing yourself healthy:  Introduction to the special issue on language and health online. Linguistics Online, 87(8/17), 3-24. dx.doi.org/10.13092/lo.87.4170

Locher, M. A., & Watts, R. J. (2005). Politeness theory and relational work. Journal of Politeness Research, 1(1), 9–33. doi.org/10.1515/jplr.2005.1.1.9

Messerli, Thomas C., & Locher, Miriam A. (2021). Humour support and emotive stance in comments on K-Drama. Journal of Pragmatics, 178, 408-425. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2021.03.001 (open access)

Thurnherr, F., Rudolf von Rohr, M.-T., & Locher, M. (2016). The functions of narrative passages in three written online health contexts. Open Linguistics, 2(1), 450-470. doi.org/10.1515/opli-2016-0024


 

Chapters in edited, peer-reviewed collections

Angouri, J., & Locher, M. A. (2017). Interpersonal pragmatics and workplace interaction. In M. Marra & P. Warren (Eds.), Linguist at Work: Festschrift for Janet Holmes (pp. 221-242). Wellington: Victoria University Press.

Bolander, B., & Locher, M. A. (2010). Constructing identity on Facebook: Report on a pilot study. In K. Junod & D. Maillat (Eds.), Performing the Self (pp. 165-185). Tübingen: Narr Francke.

Bolander, B., & Locher, M. A. (2017). Conflictual and consensual disagreement. In C. R. Hoffmann & W. Bublitz (Eds.), Pragmatics of Social Media (pp. 605-630). Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

Gygax, F., Koenig, R., & Locher, M. A. (2012). Moving across disciplines and genres: Reading identity in illness narratives and reflective writing texts. In R. Ahmed & B. Bates (Eds.), Medical Communication in Clinical Contexts: Research and Applications (pp. 17-35). Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt.

Gygax, F., & Locher, M. A. (2015). Introduction to narrative matters in medical contexts across disciplines. In F. Gygax & M. A. Locher (Eds.), Narrative Matters in Medical Contexts across Disciplines (pp. 1-14). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Jucker, A. H., & Locher, M. A. (2017). Introducing Pragmatics of Fiction

: Approaches, trends and developments. In M. A. Locher & A. H. Jucker (Eds.), Pragmatics of Fiction (pp. 1-21). Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter Mouton. doi.org/10.1515/9783110431094-001

Langlotz, A., & Locher, M. A. (2017). (Im)politeness and emotion. In J. Culpeper, M. Haugh, & D. Z. Kádár (Eds.), Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)Politeness (pp. 287-322). London: Palgrave.

Locher, M. A. (2004). "You better keep quiet Steven. We're going to have a war." The exercise of power in a sociable argument among family members and friends. In S. B. i., D. C., S. Podgoršek, & V. P.  (Eds.), Linguistic Studies in the European Year of Languages. Proceedings of the 36th Linguistic Symposium in Ljubljana 2001 (pp. 379–389). Bern: Peter Lang.

Locher, M. A. (2008). Relational work, politeness and identity construction. In G. Antos, E. Ventola, & T. Weber (Eds.), Handbooks of Applied Linguistics. Volume 2: Interpersonal Communication (pp. 509–540). Berlin / New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Locher, M. A. (2008). The rise of prescriptive grammars in the 18th century. In M. A. Locher & J. Strässler (Eds.), Standards and Norms in the English Language (pp. 127–147). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Locher, M. A. (2011). Englisch als Weltsprache. In G. Kreis (Ed.), Babylon Europa: Zur Europäischen Sprachlandschaft (pp. 57-76). Basel: Schwabe.

Locher, M. A. (2011). Situated impoliteness: The interface between relational work and identity construction. In B. L. Davies, M. Haugh, & A. J. Merrison (Eds.), Situated Politeness (pp. 187-208). New York, London: Continuum International Publishing Group.

Locher, M. A. (2012). Politeness research from past to future, with a special focus on the discursive approach. In L. Fernandez Amaya, M. d. l. O. Hernandez Lopez, R. Gomez Moron, M. Padilla Cruz, M. Mejias Borrero, & M. Relinque Barranca (Eds.), New Perspectives on (Im)Politeness and Interpersonal Communication (pp. 36-60). Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Locher, M. A. (2013). Internet advice. In S. Herring, D. Stein, & T. Virtanen (Eds.), Pragmatics of Computer-mediated Communication (pp. 339-362). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Locher, M. A. (2013). Politeness. In C. E. Chapelle (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Locher, M. A. (2014). Electronic discourse. In K. P. Schneider & A. Barron (Eds.), Pragmatics of discourse (pp. 555-581). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Locher, M. A. (2014). The relational aspect of language: Avenues of research. In S. Mergenthal & R. M. Nischik (Eds.), Anglistentag 2013 Konstanz: Proceedings (pp. 309-322). Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier.

Locher, M. A. (2015). “After all, the last thing I wanted to be was rude”: Raising of pragmatic awareness  through reflective writing. In B. Pizziconi & M. A. Locher (Eds.), Teaching and Learning (Im)politeness (pp. 185-209). Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

Locher, M. A. (2017). Interpersonale Pragmatik und (Un)Höflichkeitsforschung. In C. Ehrhardt  & E. Neuland (Eds.), Sprachliche Höflichkeit. Historische, aktuelle und künftige Perspektiven  (pp. 77-88). Tübingen: Narr Francke.

Locher, M. A. (2017). Multilingualism in fiction. In M. A. Locher & A. H. Jucker (Eds.), Pragmatics of Fiction (pp. 297–327). Berlin / Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

Locher, M. A. (2018). Politeness. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (2 ed.). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Locher, M. A. (2020). Politeness. In C. A. Chapelle (Ed.), The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons.

Locher, M. A., & Bolander, B. (2014). Relational work and the display of multilingualism in two Facebook groups. In K. Bedijs, G. Held, & C. Maaß (Eds.), Face Work and Social Media (pp. 157-191). Münster: Lit-Verlag.

Locher, M. A., & Bolander, B. (2015). Humour in microblogging: Exploiting linguistic humour strategies for identity construction in two Facebook groups. In M. Dynel & J. Chovanec (Eds.), Participation in Public and Social Media Interactions (pp. 135-155). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Locher, M. A., & Bolander, B. (2017). Facework and identity. In C. R. Hoffmann & W. Bublitz (Eds.), Pragmatics of Social Media (pp. 407-434). Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

Locher, M. A., & Bousfield, D. (2008). Introduction: Impoliteness and power in language. In D. Bousfield & M. A. Locher (Eds.), Impoliteness in Language. Studies on its Interplay with Power in Theory and Practice (pp. 1–13). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Locher, M. A., & Graham, S. L. (2010). Introduction to Interpersonal Pragmatics. In M. A. Locher & S. L. Graham (Eds.), Interpersonal Pragmatics (pp. 1-13). Berlin: Mouton.

Locher, M. A., & Graham, S. L. (2021). Interpersonal Pragmatics. In M. Haugh, D. Z. Kádár, & M. Terkourafi (Eds.), Handbook of Sociopragmatics (pp. 569-591). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Locher, M. A., & Koenig, R. (2014). “All I could do was hand her another tissue” – Handling emotions as a challenge in reflective writing texts by medical students. In A. Langlotz & A. Soltysik Monnet (Eds.), Emotion, Affect, Sentiment: The Language and Aesthetics of Feeling (pp. 215-236). Tübingen: Narr.

Locher, M. A., Koenig, R., & Meier, J. (2015). A genre analysis of reflective writing texts by medical students: What role does narrative play? In F. Gygax & M. A. Locher (Eds.), Narrative Matters in Medical Contexts across Disciplines (pp. 141-164). Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Locher, M. A., & Limberg, H. (2012). Introduction to advice in discourse. In H. Limberg & M. A. Locher (Eds.), Advice in Discourse (pp. 1-27). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Locher, M. A., & Luginbühl, M. (2019). Meta-discussions on Swiss and German politeness in online sources. In E. Ogiermann & P. Garcés-Conejos Blitvich (Eds.), From Speech Acts to Lay Understandings of Politeness: Multilingual and Multicultural Perspectives (pp. 250-279). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Locher, M. A., & Schnurr, S. (2017). (Im)politeness in health settings. In J. Culpeper, M. Haugh, & D. Kádár (Eds.), Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)Politeness (pp. 689-711). London: Palgrave.

Locher, M. A., & Strässler, J. (2008). Introduction: Standards and norms. In M. A. Locher & J. Strässler (Eds.), Standards and Norms in the English Language (pp. 1–20). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Locher, M. A., & Watts, R. J. (2008). Relational work and impoliteness: Negotiating norms of linguistic behaviour. In D. Bousfield & M. A. Locher (Eds.), Impoliteness in Language. Studies on its Interplay with Power in Theory and Practice (pp. 77–99). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Pizziconi, B., & Locher, M. A. (2015). Introducing the ‘teaching’ and ‘learning’ of (im)politeness. In B. Pizziconi & M. A. Locher (Eds.), Teaching and Learning (Im)politeness (pp. 1-19). Berlin and Boston: de Gruyter Mouton.

Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse, & Locher, Miriam A. (2020). The interpersonal effects of complimenting others and self-praise in online health environments. In María Elena Placencia, Anupam Das, & Zohreh R. Eslami (Eds.), Complimenting behaviour across social media: New contexts and emerging trends (pp. 189-211). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Rudolf von Rohr, M.-T., Thurnherr, F., & Locher, M. A. (2019). Linguistic expert creation in online health practices. In P. Bou-Franch & P. Garcés-Conejos Blitvich (Eds.), Analysing Digital Discourse: New Insights and Future Directions (pp. 219-250). London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Thurnherr, Franziska, Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse, & Locher, Miriam. (2020). The functions of narrative passages in three written online health contexts. In Zsófia Demjén (Ed.), Applying Linguistics in Illness and Healthcare Contexts (pp. 186-219). London: Bloomesbury.

Thurnherr, Franziska, Rudolf von Rohr, Marie-Thérèse, & Locher, Miriam. (2020). Introduction to reprint "The functions of narrative passages in three written online health contexts" In Zsófia Demjén (Ed.), Applying Linguistics in Illness and Healthcare Contexts (pp. 186-188). London: Bloomesbury.
 

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