Martin conducts research on the analysis of discourse, particularly mediated forms of discourse. Most recently his focus has been upon news discourse (especially on television and radio) as the dominant public genre of our age, one which reflects changes in technologies of mediation as well as larger social and cultural shifts. This builds upon his long standing interest in language and the media, which has included work on press reports of picketing, on celebrity chat shows, on radio D-J talk, on public discourse after 9/11 and on public tributes after the death of Diana.
Martin Montgomery was appointed Chair Professor in English in April 2010. He was previously Reader in Literary Linguistics and Director of the Scottish Centre of Journalism Studies at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where he also served as Vice Dean for Planning and Resources (1998-2003), Head of the Department of English (1993-97), and Director of the Programme in Literary Linguistics (1990-1994). In 1992 he founded (with Joanna Thornborrow) the Ross Priory International Seminar for the Study of Broadcast Talk and has convened or co-convened many of its annual meetings
As a member of the editorial board of Discourse and Society, he reviews submissions regularly for that journal and for others such as Text, Journal of Pragmatics, Journal of Language and Politics, and the International Journal of Cultural Studies. He has also reviewed manuscripts and book proposals for Cambridge University Press, Sage, Routledge and the Open University Press.
As well as devising the British Council’s innovative UK Summer School in Cultural Studies, and directing it from 1992-1997, he also directed a number of consultancy projects on Language in Cultural Studies for the British Council in Bulgaria, Germany and the Czech Republic. These were the basis of two publications—Language and Social Life (with Helen Reid-Thomas), and The Media (with Beth Edginton).
He is currently Visiting Professor at University of Strathclyde.
Language, Media & Culture: The key concepts London: Routledge. Pp 163.
Chapters in Books
“Political offensiveness in the mediated public sphere: The performative play of alignments” (with HIGGINS, M. & SMITH, A.) in Graefer, Anne (ed.) Media and the Politics of Offence London: Palgrave
“Mediation, technological change, and discourse: the case of television talk” in Cotter, Colleen and Perrin, Daniel (eds) The Routledge Handbook of Language and Media London: Routledge, pp 113-136
“Talking for Fun and Talking in Earnest: Two Styles of Mediated Broadcast Talk” in Mortensen, Janus, Nikolas Coupland, and Jacob Thogersen (eds) Style, Mediation, and Change: Sociolinguistic Perspectives on Talking Media(Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics) Oxford: OUP
Articles in SSSC/A&HCI Indexed Journals
“Witnessing in crisis contexts in the social media age: the case of the 2015 Tianjin blasts on Weibo” in Media, Culture and Society, September 2019, (with Xiaoping Wu)
“Post-truth politics? Authenticity, populism and the electoral discourses of Donald Trump” in Journal of Language and Politics Volume 16, Issue 4, 2017 (online first on June 17th)