Dr Lisa McEntee-Atalianis
Admissions Tutor (MA Communication; Intercultural Communication for Business and Professions)
BA Hons (University of Wales) PhD (Newcastle)
Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication
Birkbeck, University of London
30 Russell Square,
Research and Teaching
Research and academic background
- My academic scholarship has been in three major areas: Deaf Studies, Psycholinguistics and Sociolinguistics.
- My Doctoral studies investigated morphosyntactic aspects of agrammatism using ‘Government and Binding Theory’ as a theoretical framework. This led to both a morphosyntactic and psycholinguistic description of the presenting disorder (1993, 1995).
- My post-doctoral studies at the University of Bristol investigated the acquisition of semantic and pragmatic aspects of British Sign Language (BSL) by deaf and hearing children born to deaf parents in differing language domains and highlighted the differences and similarities between the acquisition of these features in spoken English and signed BSL (1996, 1998). This involved the analysis of sign data from an extensive data base of Deaf parents interacting with Deaf and hearing children in BSL. It also involved the development of new frameworks for the recording, transcription and analysis of BSL.
- Subsequent projects also led to the development of interactive communication training systems using multi-media (under the TIDE programme of the European Union) and the establishment of a transnational European project developing a framework for the training of deaf and hearing people for academic, occupational and vocational qualifications. My interest in sign linguistics and Deaf studies continues today, as illustrated by my 2008 publication (with Aldersson).
- In 1997, following a move to Cyprus, my research took a new course in response to much controversy on the island over the impact of the English language on ‘attitudes’ and ‘language use’. Findings from this research were published in 2001 (with Pouloukas) and 2004. A comparative and extended study was subsequently carried out in the Greek-Cypriot community in London with Penelope Gardner-Chloros and Katerina Finnis (2005) and a separate study of language attitudes and the ethnolinguistic vitality of the Greek-Orthodox community of Istanbul was published in 2007 (with Komondouros).
- My continued interest in the globalisation of English and its impact on issues of language planning, policy and practice at an organisational level further developed in 2005 when I began to study language policy and practice within an agency of the United Nations in London. The initial phase of this work was published in 2006, 2008 (and forthcoming).
- I currently teach/contribute to the BA teaching 'Approaches to Language'. At the MA level I teach 'Global English', 'Introduction to Communication' and contribute to Research Methods.
- I also supervise BA and MA dissertations and invite proposals for PhD supervision in the areas of my research expertise and experience.
- 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.
- Gardner-Chloros, P., McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. & Paraskeva, M.(2012) 'Putting the sociolinguistics into psycholinguistics: a study of code-switching and fluency.' International Journal of Multilingualism. Published online.
- McEntee-Atalianis, L. J. ‘Language, Identity and Power.’ In Li Wei (ed) Introduction to Applied Linguistics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Kyle, J.G., McEntee, L. & Ackerman, J. (1998) Deaf Children Developing Sign. Coleford: Forest Books. (Also appeared as a final report to the Leverhulme Trust)
- McEntee, L.J. (1996) Coding and transcription for BSL Acquisition and Deaf Children Developing Sign. Coleford: Forest Books.
- 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
- Gardner-Chloros, P., McEntee-Atalianis, L. J. and M. Paraskeva (2012) Code-switching and pausing: An Interdisciplinary Study. Journal of Multilingualism (on-line, soon to be published).
- 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. (2008) 'Diplomatic Negotiation in an International Organisation: An Exploration of Expert Status and Power' The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations. Vol 8, Issue 3, pp.265-272
- Aldersson, R. & McEntee-Atalianis L.J. (2008) ‘A Lexical Comparison of Signs from Icelandic and Danish Sign Languages.’ Sign Language Studies 9:1, 45-87.
- Koumondouros, M. & McEntee-Atalianis L.J. (2007) Language Attitudes, Shift and the Ethnolinguistic Vitality of the Greek Orthodox community in Istanbul. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.Vol 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. Vol 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. Journal of Multilingualism. Vol. 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. Issue 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. Vol. 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, no.3, pp. 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. pp. 408-415.
- McEntee, L.J. (1998) ‘Identity Crisis’ or ‘Act of Identity’: Language Attitudes and Use in the Greek-Cypriot Community in Cyprus. Keynote Speech. Proceedings of the Second Craivo Conference in Sociolinguistics. Romania. November 1998. Omniscop. pp. 17-30.
- 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).
- Aldersson, R & McEntee-Atalianis, L.J. (2007) ‘A Lexical Comparison of Icelandic and Danish Sign Language.’ Birkbeck Studies in Applied Linguistics 2:41-67.
- McEntee-Atalianis L.J. (2006) ‘Minority Rights in a Post-national Era: The Case of the Deaf Community in the UK’. Birkbeck Studies in Applied Linguistics, pp. 26-53.
- 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.
- McEntee-Atalianis L.J. (2008/online) Kachru, B, Kachru, Y. & Nelson, C. (2006) The Handbook of World Englishes. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. Language Policy.
- 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.