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Dr Jamie Mckeown
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Dr Jamie McKeown

Research Assistant Professor

Research Overview

My research focuses on legal discourse and media discourse (especially the interplay of the two), disinformation, and certain socio-interactional aspects of professional communication.

Teaching Areas

  • Service Learning
  • Research Design and Methods
  • Professional Communication

Research Output

  1. McKeown, J. 2022. Book review: Nicole Mockler, Constructing Teacher Identities: How the Print Media Define and Represent Teachers and Their Work. Applied Corpus Linguistics 2 (3).
  2. McKeown, J. (Accepted). Stancetaking in the U.S. Supreme Court's Post-Roe v Wade Jurisprudence: Epistemic (Im)probability and Evidential (dis)Belief. The International Journal of Legal Discourse.
  3. McKeown, J. (Accepted). Examining the Use of Reflexive Metadiscourse in the Construction of Affiliative Communication in Group Email Requests. Pragmatics & Society.
  4. McKeown, J. (Accepted). A Comparative Investigation of Metadiscursive Clarifying Devices in the Abortion Discourse of the U.S. Supreme Court. Discourse & Communication.
  5. McKeown, J. 2021. A Corpus-Based Examination of Reflexive Metadiscourse in Majority and Dissent Opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court. Journal of Pragmatics 186, 224-235.
  6. McKeown, J. Li, L. 2021. Opening salutation and closing valediction as a product of socio-pragmatic factors in the workplace email of a group of Chinese professionals. Studies in Business English 6 (3), 3-27.
  7. McKeown J., Ye, M. 2020. Quilting Muslims: A Diachronic Study of Representations Around the Master Signifiers for Muslim in the TIME Magazine Corpus (1923-1992). Language & Communication 74, 141-153.
  8. McKeown J., Ladegaard, H.J. 2020. Exploring dominance-linked metadiscourse in moderated group discussions. Journal of Pragmatics 166, 15-27.
  9. McKeown J., Ladegaard, H.J. 2020. Exploring the metadiscursive realisation of incivility in TV news discourse. Discourse, Context & Media 33, 1-9.
  10. McKeown, J., 2018. Book review: Dorien Van De Mieroop & Stephanie Schnurr (eds.), Identity Struggles: Evidence from workplaces around the world. Pragmatics & Society 9 (1), 155-161.
  11. McKeown J., Ladegaard, H.J. 2017. Evidentiality and identity positioning in online disputes about language use in Hong Kong. Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice 14 (1), 53-74.
  12. McKeown, J., 2017. A corpus based investigation of techno-optimism and propositional certainty in the National Intelligence Council’s Future Global Trends Reports (2010-2035). Discourse & Communication 11 (7), 1-19.
  13. McKeown, J., Zhang, K., 2015. Socio-Pragmatic Influence on Opening Salutation and Closing Valediction of British Workplace Email. Journal of Pragmatics 85, 92-107.


  • PolyU Postdoc Matching Fund Scheme 2022/23 (Internal: HKD 364,800.00).

  • Assessing the Basic Law: A Discourse Analytic Investigation of Evidentiality in the HKSAR Appellate Courts. GRF (HKD564,426). Project number: 15611022. Duration 24 months; commencing January 2023.

  • Hong Kong Common Law: A Corpus-Based Investigation of Judicial Discourse in Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal

Esteem Measures

  • Editor’s Choice 2020: Discourse, Context and Media.
  • Stephen Evans best PhD thesis award 2018

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