Daniel Edmondson

School of Arts and Media

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Contact Details

Room 204, Crescent House

 

Current positions

Teaching Fellow in English Language

Biography

Daniel is a Teaching Fellow in English Language within the School of Arts, Media & Creative Technology. He is currently teaching modules at all undergraduate levels on English syntax (sentence structure) and morphology (word formation), as well as on Psycholinguistics - the study of the relationship between language, cognition, and the mind. 

Daniel's doctoral research investigated the impact of 'linguistic reclamation' - non-derogatory uses, by members of marginalised communities, of the slurs used by more powerful groups to target them - on the cognitive processing of slur words. His research focused particularly on slurs targeting the LGBTQ+ community, as a community to which Daniel himself belongs, and one with a wide range of British English slurs, many of which are the focus of reclamation projects to varying degrees. It drew on a body of psycholinguistic research on the cognitive processing of taboo language, and used a combination of online surveys, lexical decision tasks, recall tests, and eye-tracking experiments. He is currently in the process of outputting the findings of his research, which provides new evidence about the unconscious, emotional effects of linguistic reclamation; introduces the issue of reclamation to the literature on taboo language processing; and contributes evidence to broader social debates and language policy decisions surrounding the reclamation of slurs. 

Teaching

  • Foundations of Language I
  • Structure of English
  • The Grammar of Words
  • Psychology of Language

Research interests

Linguistic reclamation; slurs; taboo language; emotional language; cognitive language processing; language, gender and sexuality. 

Qualifications and Memberships

Qualifications

Daniel holds a BA in English Language (1st Class) from the University of Leeds, an MA in Applied Linguistics (Distinction) from the University of Nottingham, and will be undertaking his PhD viva at the University of Nottingham in December 2021.