English Language & Linguistics


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Dr Eleni Kapogianni

Lecturer in Linguistics


Office: Cornwallis Central 130

Office hours: Mondays 14.30-16:00


Eleni received her PhD from the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics of the University of Cambridge (2013). Her PhD thesis (funded by the Greek State Scholarship Foundation – I.K.Y.) is a definitional and typological investigation of the phenomenon of verbal irony, with respect to the literal-nonliteral distinction.

Before joining ELL in September 2013, she taught at the University of Cambridge and the University of Leeds in the areas of semantics, (experimental) pragmatics, discourse analysis, and language acquisition.

Eleni's main research lies in the areas of pragmatics, discourse analysis, and their various interfaces. She is particularly interested in nonliteral language in discourse, especially verbal irony and parody. Key questions of her research concern the scope and cross-cultural characteristics of irony, the interaction between irony, sarcasm, and (im)politeness in different discourse settings, and the factors that influence the strength of inferential meaning.

Eleni currently co-ordinates the project “Humor and Critical Literacy” (https://www.humor-literacy.eu/index-en.html) which aims to promote teaching practices that develop students’ critical skills and social awareness.

Eleni is also the Director of the Centre for Language and Linguistics (CLL), a centre which promotes interdisciplinary collaboration in linguistic research and hosts a guest lecture series attracting national and international contributors. Within the activities of the centre, she co-organises the Interdisciplinary Research and Reading Group “Discourse, Power, and Society”

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Kapogianni, E. (2018). Ironic implicature strength and the test of explicit cancellability. Intercultural Pragmatics [Online] 15:1-27. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1515/ip-2017-0028.
Kapogianni, E. (2016). The Ironist's Intentions: Communicative Priority and Manifestness. Pragmatics and Cognition [Online] 23:150-173. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/pc.23.1.07kap.
Kapogianni, E. (2015). The ironic operation: revisiting the components of ironic meaning. Journal of Pragmatics [Online] 91:16-28. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2015.11.001.
Kapogianni, E. (2014). Differences in Use and Function of Verbal Irony between Real and Fictional Discourse: (Mis)interpretation and Irony Blindness. Humor [Online] 27:597-618. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/humor-2014-0093.
Book section
Michelioudakis, D. and Kapogianni, E. (2013). Ethical Datives: A Puzzle for Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics, and Their Interfaces. in: Folli, R., Sevdali, C. and Truswell, R. eds. Syntax and its Limits. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Kapogianni, E. (2011). Graded Salience Effects on Irony Production and Interpretation. in: Allan, K. and Jaszczolt, K. M. eds. Salience and Defaults in Utterance Processing. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Kapogianni, E. (2011). Irony via "Surrealism". in: Dynel, M. ed. The Pragmatics of Humour across Discourse Domains. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing, pp. 51-68.
Total publications in KAR: 7 [See all in KAR]



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Eleni Kapogianni teaches modules on semantics, pragmatics and research skills.

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English Language & Linguistics, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 05/12/2018