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Dr Lisa McEntee-Atalianis

Reader in Applied Linguistics.

Admissions Tutor: MA Applied Linguistics
BA Hons (University of Wales) PhD (Newcastle)

Contact details

Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
Birkbeck, University of London
26 Russell Square,

Research and Teaching

Research and academic background

  • I’ve published in various areas of Applied Linguistics, including: Language Pathology (Aphasia), Sign Language/Deaf Studies and Sociolinguistics. In recent years my research has focussed on two key areas: issues of ‘identity’ at micro- and macro-discursive/linguistic levels and organisational language policy and planning in supra/international organisations. My breadth of interest in identity is evidenced in my book: ‘Identity in Applied Linguistics Research’ (Bloomsbury Academic), and articles which have focussed on different sites and communities, including the ethnolinguistic vitality of the Greek-Cypriot communities in Cyprus and London; the autochthonous Greek-Orthodox community of Istanbul, Turkey; and the discursive construction of European identity by NGO members, and the United Nations. I have under-taken an extensive ethnographic and sociolinguistic investigation of language policy, planning and practice at the United Nations, with a special interest in the International Maritime Organization, London (an agency of the United Nations). I am a member of the Study Group on Language and the United Nations, New York.


  • I convene and contribute to a number of undergraduate and post-graduate modules:
  • Approaches to Language (Levels 4 & 6)
  • Investigating Language (Levels 5 & 6)
  • Introduction to Applied Linguistics (Level 7)
  • Identity in Applied Linguistics Research (Levels 6 & 7)
  • Empirical Workshops (Level 7)

Research supervision

  • I have (co-)supervised four Doctoral studies to completion. I am currently first supervising four students and second-supervising a further nine.
  • If you are considering applying for MPhil/PhD research in any of these areas, you are advised to contact me and/or the departmental research director about your research plan before making an application.
  • First Supervisor (Successfully Completed):
    • Pino Catrone ‘Assessing Pragmatic Competence in the Japanese EFL Context’ (University of Reading - graduated 2010)
    • Franco Zappettini (2015) ‘The Discursive Construction of Europeanness: A Transnational Perspective’ (Birkbeck)
    • Kate Kernoff (2018) ‘A Comparative Discourse Analysis of Deaf and Jewish Identity’ (Co-supervision with V. Williams, University of Bristol).
    • Dina Strong (2019) – ‘Erasmus Students Representations of Identity’ (Birkbeck)
  • Second Supervisor (Successfully Completed):
    • Over 20 successful completions at the Universities of Reading, Queen Mary & Birkbeck, University of London.
  • First Supervisor (Current PhD Students):
    • Fatema Alhalwachi ‘Identity Construction in Muslim Infertility Blogs’
    • Sam Bamonte ‘Stance-taking and Discourses of Professionalism in the Local Negotiation of Professional Identity Among Further Education Lecturers’
    • Alex Shaitan ‘Narratives of Haafu Identity’
    • Elizabeth Shepherd ‘Exploring the role of meso agency in the language policy context of Vietnam’


Forthcoming Publications

  • McEntee-Atalianis, L. J. (2020) Chapter 30: International & Supranational Organisations. In F. Grin, L. Cardinal and K. Heugh The Routledge Handbook of Language Policy and Planning. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2020) Chapter 22: Discourse and Identity. In K. Hyland, B. Paltridge, & L. Wong, The Bloomsbury Companion to Discourse Analysis. London: Bloomsbury Academic.


  • McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2019) Identity in Applied Linguistics Research. London: Bloomsbury Academic
  • McEntee, L.J. & Ackerman, J. (1998) Deaf Children Developing Sign. Coleford: Forest books.
  • McEntee, L.J. (1996) Coding and transcription for BSL Acquisition and Deaf Children Developing Sign. Coleford: Forest Books.

Book chapters

  • Shaitan, A. & McEntee-Atalianis (2017) Identity Crisis: half, hybrid or culturally homeless? In: Fozdar, F. & Rocha, Z. (eds.) “Mixed race” in Asia. London: Routledge. pp.82-97.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2015) Language policy and planning in international organisations. In: Jessner-Schmid, U. and Kramsch, C.J.(eds.) The Multilingual Challenge: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives. Trends In Applied Linguistics 16. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton, pp. 295-322.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L. J. (2013) Language, identity and power. In: Li, Wei (ed.) Applied Linguistics. Oxford, UK: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 172-190.
  • Li, Wei and McEntee-Atalianis, L. and Lorch, M. P. (2013) Literacy and multimodality. In: Li, Wei (ed.) Applied Linguistics.Oxford, UK: Wiley Blackwell, pp. 130-148.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. & Pouloukas, S. (2005) 'Issues of identity and power in the Greek-Cypriot community.' In Papapavlou, A. (ed) Contemporary Sociolinguistic Issues in Cyprus. Thessaloniki: University Studio Press A.E. pp.213-236.
  • Finnis, K. Gardner-Chloros, P and  McEntee-Atalianis, L.J.  (2005) ‘Greek Cypriots in London: An empirical study of language use, attitudes and identity.’ In Tsolakidou, N. & Paparousi, M (eds.) Themata taftotitas stin Elliniki diaspora: glossa ke logotechnia (Issues of Identity in the Greek Diaspora: Language and Literature). Athens: Metehmio.

International refereed journals

  • McEntee-Atalianis, L. J. & Vessey, R. (2020, online first). Mapping the Language Ideologies of Organisational Members: A Corpus Linguistic Investigation of the United Nations’ General Debates (1970-2016). Language Policy.
  • Shepherd, E. & McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2020, online first). Constraints of Hierarchy on Meso-Actors’ Agency: Evidence from Vietnam’s Educational Language Policy Reform. Current Issues in Language Planning.
  • Gazzola, M, Torsten, T & McEntee-Atalianis (2019) Measuring Diversity in Multilingual Communication. Social Indicators Research.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2017) ''Leave no one behind'' Linguistics and digital barriers to the dissemination and implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Language Problems and Language Planning 41(3): 217-244
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. and Litosseliti, L. (2017) Narratives of sex-segregated professional identities. Narrative Inquiry 27 (1): 1-23.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L. (2016) A network model of language policy and planning: The United Nations as a case study. Language Problems and Language Planning 40 (2), pp. 187-217.
  • Gardner-Chloros, P., Gogonas, N. & McEntee-Atalianis, L. (2016) How can linguists contribute to the refugee crisis? Issues and Responses. Éducation et Sociétés Pluringues 40: 95-101.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L. J. and Zappettini, F. (2014) Networked Identities: Changing Representations of Europeanness. Critical Discourse Studies 11 (4): 397-415.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L. J. (2013) Stance and Metaphor: Mapping Changing Representations of (Organisational) Identity. Discourse and Communication 7 (3): 319-340.
  • Gardner-Chloros, P. and McEntee-Atalianis, L. and Paraskeva, M. (2013) Code-switching and pausing: an interdisciplinary study. International Journal of Multilingualism 10 (1): 1-26.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L. J. (2011) ‘The Role of Metaphor in Shaping the Identity and Agenda of the United Nations: The Imagining of an International Community and International Threat.’ Discourse and Communication 5 (4): 393-412.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2011) The Value of Adopting Multiple Approaches and Methodologies in the Investigation of Ethnolinguistic Vitality. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development. 32 (2): 151-167.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2010) An Investigation of Argumentational Discourse Units in Diplomatic Negotiation. Sociolinguistic Studies 4 (3): 553-568.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2008) Diplomatic Negotiation in an International Organisation: An Exploration of Expert Status and Power. The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations 8 (3): 265-271.
  • Aldersson, R. & McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2008) ‘A Lexical Comparison of Signs from Icelandic and Danish Sign Language.’ Sign Language Studies 9 (1): 45-87.
  • Koumondouros, M. & McEntee-Atalianis L.J. (2007) 'Shifting Patterns of Language Use in the Greek Orthodox Community of Istanbul.' Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 28 (5): 365-384.
  • McEntee-Atalianis L.J. (2006) ‘Geostrategies of Interlingualism’: Language Policy and Practice in the International Maritime Organisation, London. UK. Current Issues in Language Planning. 7 (2&3):341-358.
  • Gardner-Chloros, P., McEntee-Atalianis, L.J., & Finnis, K. (2005) ‘Language Attitudes and Use in a Transplanted Setting: Greek Cypriots in London’. International Journal of Multilingualism. 2 (1): 52-80.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2004) 'The Impact of English in Post-Colonial, Post-Modern Cyprus'. Journal of the Sociology of Language 168, 77-90.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. & Pouloukas, S. (2001) 'Issues of Identity and Power in a Greek-Cypriot
  • Community.' Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 22:1, 19-38.
  • McEntee, L.J. and Kennedy, M.  (1995) ‘Profiling Agrammatic Spoken Language:  Towards a Government and Binding Framework’.  European Journal of Disorders of Communication 30 (3): 317-332.

Published refereed conference proceedings

  • McEntee L.J. (1999) ‘Language Use and Attitudes towards Greek, English and the Greek-Cypriot Dialect in the Greek-Cypriot Community in Nicosia, Cyprus.'  Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Greek Linguistics, Nicosia. September 1999. University Studio Press: Thessalonika. pp408-415.
  • McEntee L.J. (1998) “ ‘Identity Crisis’ or ‘Act of Identity’:  Language Attitudes & Use in the Greek-Cypriot Community in Cyprus.” Keynote Speech. Proceedings of the Second Craivo Conference in Sociolinguistics.  Romania. November 1998. Omniscop. pp17-30.
  • McEntee, L.J. (1996) ‘Deaf children interacting with deaf parents: A key to understanding the transition from prelinguistic to linguistic communication’. ERIC (Education Resources Information Centre, Clearinghouse of Languages and Linguistics, Washington DC).

Refereed Working Paper

  • Aldersson, R. & McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2007) ‘A Lexical Comparison of Signs from Icelandic and Danish Sign Language.’ Birkbeck Studies in Applied Linguistics 2: 123-158.
  • McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2006) Minority Rights in a Supra-National Era: The Case of the Deaf Community in the UK. Birkbeck Studies in Applied Linguistics 1: 20-40.
  • McEntee, L.J. and Milroy, L. (1993) ‘Functional Categories and Projections In Agrammatism:Profiling the Developing Grammar of a Young Speaking Aphasic’. In Tsimpli, I. (ed.), University of Newcastle upon Tyne: Working Papers In Linguistics I.

Book reviews

  • McEntee-Atalianis L.J. (2008/online) Kachru, B, Kachru, Y. & Nelson, C. (2006) The Handbook of World Englishes. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. Language Policy 7 (4): 373-375.
  • McEntee-Atalianis L.J. (2009/online) Carolina Plaza-Pust & Esperanza Morales-López (eds) (2008) Sign Bilingualism: Language Development, interaction and maintenance in sign language contact situations. Sociolinguistic Studies. Amsterdam. John Benjamins.