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Dr Lucie Riou

Research interests

I am interested in the pragmatics of language, that is the language «in use». For my MA thesis, I explored the expression of digression in casual English. For my PhD, I built on the Politeness theory (Brown & Levinson, 1978, 1987) and the theory of Facework (Goffman, 1967), to explore the expression of disagreement and criticism in conversation between friends in French. I examined at how individuals manage to deal with these potentially conflictual speech acts, and avoid conflict through specific verbal mitigation strategies. I am also interested in the development of oral language corpora, and I built my own corpora of naturally occurring data for both my research projects.