Alison Moore

Alison Moore

Alison Moore

The linguistics of individuation in the ecological and ethical framing of animals

Alison Rotha Moore is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Alison holds research degrees in linguistics and public health from Macquarie University and the University of Sydney and has held Australian nationally competitive research grants (ARC and NHMRC) to study discourses of health and clinical interaction. She has published widely on these topics and on register theory, and has also recently started working on the representation of animals in food and environmental discourses (particularly pigs, cows, and deer), as well as what the Internet of Things and its discourse of assemblages and lively objects might mean for non-human animals. Across these areas she is particularly interested how agency and identity are construed; how people align and disalign in spoken, written and multimodal interaction; and how linguistic structure, complexity and diversity are related to variation in human social structure, culture and context. Alison co-convenes (with Melissa Boyde) the Animal Studies Research Network at the University of Wollongong, is an editorial board member of the Animal Studies Journal, and a member of the executive of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association.  

Recent publications include (see Research Gate for preprints where available):

That could be me: Identity and identification in discourses about food, meat, and animal welfare. Linguistics and the Human Sciences 9.1: 59-93, 2014. 10.1558/lhs.v9i1.59

Is there a turtle in this text: Animals in the Internet of Robots and Things. Animal Studies Journal 8 (1). In press. With Nicola Evans.

Register analysis in systemic functional linguistics. In Bartlett, T. and O’Grady, G. (Eds). Routledge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics. London: Routledge, pp. 418-437, 2017.

Language and medicine. In Thompson, G., Bowcher, W., Fontaine, L. and Liang, J. Cambridge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. To appear 2019.