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Nartey, Mark
PhD Student (FT)

Qualifications:
M.Phil. in Linguistics (Distinction), Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway (2015)
B.A. in English and Linguistics (First Class Honors), University of Cape Coast, Ghana (2012)

Room No.AG415
Tel2766 4254
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Personal webpage:

Research Gate:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mark_Nartey2

Academia.edu:
https://cpce-polyu.academia.edu/MarkNartey

Chief Supervisor:
Dr Aditi Bhatia

Cognate Supervisor:
Prof. Kathleen Ahrens

RESEARCH:

Research areas:

Corpus Linguistics
(Critical) Discourse Analysis
Discourse Mythologies
Language Description and Typology
Language and Power
Presidential Rhetoric

Research Languages:

English
Ga (Niger-Congo, Kwa branch)
Akan (Niger-Congo, Kwa branch)

Title of thesis:

Discourse and Political Myth-Making: A Corpus-Assisted Critical Discourse Study of Nkrumaism

Description of thesis research:

Using a combination of approaches, including Charteris-Black’s critical metaphor analysis, Wodak’s discourse-historical approach, and corpus methods, this study critically examines the notion of mythic discourse in politics using the rhetoric of Kwame Nkrumah, a pioneering Pan-African and Ghana’s independence leader, as a medium of analysis. It focuses on the characterization, intentions behind and functions of political mythologies as well as the discursive strategies, (de)legitimization strategies, metaphorical representations and linguistic-cum-semiotic resources Nkrumah employs in his invocation of a political mythology described in this study as the Unite or Perish myth. Given that the linguistic analysis of mythic discourse in politics has largely been limited to major North American and British politicians (see Charteris-Black, 2011), this study furthers understanding on the conceptualization of political myth-making by analyzing the discourse of a non-Western or non-American politician. It builds on the critical metaphor analysis approach to mythic discourse by suggesting that its combination with historical-ideological analysis provides a more comprehensive methodology/framework to understand the nature of mythic discourse within the domain of politics. This study sheds light on the relevance of language and semiosis to how politics is performed and conceptualized; and discusses the nexus between language, discourse, and politics.

PUBLICATIONS: 

Nartey, Mark, & Huang, Hui. Situated identities in the discourse of insurance: A comparative critical discourse analysis of Chinese and British insurance contracts. Discourse, Language & Society. Under review.

Nartey, Mark & Ernanda. Emancipatory discourses and the politics of integration: A critical discourse analysis of Sukarno’s speech at the maiden Asia-Africa conference. Critical Discourse Studies. Under review.

Nartey, Mark. The discourse of Nkrumaism: A corpus-informed study. Journal of Political Ideologies. Under review.

Nartey, Mark. Metaphor and Kwame Nkrumah’s invocation of the Unite or Perish myth: A discourse-mythological analysis. Social Semiotics. Under review.

Nartey, Mark. (2019). “We must unite now or perish!” Kwame Nkrumah’s creation of a mythic discourse? Journal of Language and Politics. Accepted.

Nartey, Mark. (2019). “I shall prosecute a ruthless war on these monsters …” A critical metaphor analysis of discourse of resistance in the rhetoric of Kwame Nkrumah. Critical Discourse Studies. Accepted.

Nartey, Mark, & Mwinlaaru Isaac N. (2019). Towards a decade of synergizing corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis: A meta-analysis. Corpora, 14(2): in press.

Nartey, Mark. (2018). Football in computer-mediated discourse: A move analysis of match previews. Linguistik Online, 89(2): 37-49.

Nartey, Mark. (2018). Clausal coordination in Gã: The case of nì. Languages, 3(3): 1-12.

Shi, Xuanzhi, & Nartey, Mark. (2018). The English language in Hong Kong: Diachronic and synchronic perspectives. Invited Book Review. In S. Jaworska & T. Leuschner (eds.) Anglo-German Discourse Crossings and Contrasts. Special Issue of Pragmatics and Society, 9(1): 163-168.

Nartey, Mark. (2016). Labeling and ideology in the press: A corpus-based critical discourse study of the Niger Delta crisis. Invited Book Review. Pragmatics and Society, 7(3), 503-506.

Nartey, Mark. (2015). Representations of politicians in contemporary Ghanaian hiplife music. CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, 17(4), 1-7.

Ngula, Richmond S., & Nartey, Mark. (2014). Language Corpora: The case for Ghanaian English. 3L: The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies, 20(3), 79-92.

Nartey, Mark, & Dorgbetor, Nathaniel. (2014). Towards a needs analysis of why students in a Ghanaian university fail the Academic Writing course. Journal of Educational and Social Research, 4(6), 167-174.

Nartey, Mark, & Yankson, Ferguson E. (2014). A semantic investigation into the use of modal auxiliary verbs in the manifesto of a Ghanaian political party. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 4(3), 21-30.

Afful, Joseph B. A., & Nartey, Mark. (2014). Cohesion in the abstracts of undergraduate dissertations: An intra-disciplinary study in a Ghanaian university. Journal of ELT and Applied Linguistics, 2(1), 93-108.

Afful, Joseph B. A., & Nartey, Mark. (2013). ‘Hellow sweetie pie’: A sociolinguistic analysis of terms of endearment in a Ghanaian university. The International Journal of Social Sciences, 17(1), 92-101.

Nartey, Mark. (2013). A speech act analysis of status updates on facebook: The case of Ghanaian university students. Language in India, 13(1), 114-141.

Nartey, Mark. (2013). On conceptualizing documentary linguistics as an independent field of linguistic research: An effective approach to preserving endangered languages. English for Specific Purposes World, 41(14), 1-19.

Conference Presentations

2018. 11th Linguistics Association of Ghana Conference, University of Ghana, Legon (Ghana), July 30 – August 1. Paper presented: Towards a decade of synergizing corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis: A meta-analysis

2018. 12th Conference of the Association for Researching and Applying Metaphor (RaAM), The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom (Hong Kong), June 27 – 30. Paper presented: WAR metaphor in the discourse of resistance: A critical discourse analysis of Nkrumaism

2018. Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium on Language, Culture and Cognition, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom (Hong Kong), April 20. Paper presented: Towards a decade of synergizing corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis: A survey

2017. 2nd University of Hong Kong PhD Conference in Sociolinguistics and Multimodal and Mediated Discourse Analysis, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam (Hong Kong), September 28 – 29. Paper presented: NKRUMAISM: Evidence from a corpus-assisted critical discourse study

2017. The 30th West African Language Congress and 10th Linguistics Association of Ghana Conference on the Role of Language in the Integration and Development of West Africa, University of Education, Winneba (Ghana), August 1 – 4. Paper presented: Kwame Nkrumah and the African unification concept: A case study of mythic discourse

2017.   Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium on Language, Culture and Cognition, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom (Hong Kong), April 7 – 8. Paper presented: “We must unite or perish”! Kwame Nkrumah’s creation of a mythic discourse?

2013. 6th Linguistics Association of Ghana (LAG) Conference on Disciplinary Discourses: Language Use in Specific Domains, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast (Ghana), July 12 – 15. Paper accepted for presentation: A linguistic analysis of the schematic structure of nurse-patient interactions: The case of a Ghanaian hospital

TEACHING:

Aspects of the Grammar of English
Basic Grammar
Business English
Communicative Skills
The Use of English
Writing and Grammar
Exploring Language in Social Life
New Media: New Meanings

SERVICE:

Research Postgraduate Student Member, Faculty Research Committee, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, September 2017 – Present.

Senior Hall Tutor, ChengDe Hall, Hung Hom Student Halls, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, August 2018 – Present.

Hall Treasurer, ChengDe Hall, Hung Hom Student Halls, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, March 2017 – Present.

PhD Student Representative, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, September 2017 – August 2018.

Hall Tutor, ChengDe Hall, Hung Hom Student Halls, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, March 2017 – August 2018.

Co-Organizer and Convener, Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium on Language, Culture and Cognition, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, April 20, 2018

Sessions Chair, Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium on Language, Culture and Cognition, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, April 7–8, 2017.

Member of Organizing Committee, Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium on Language, Culture and Cognition, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, April 7–8, 2017.

Student Panel Member for Workshop on How to Publish in High Quality Journals and Book Series, Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium, April 7–8, 2017.

AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS:

Best Paper Award, Joint Postgraduate Student Symposium on Language, Culture and Cognition, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (2017)

The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship (2016)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University International Postgraduate Scholarship (2016)

The Norwegian Quota Scheme (2013)

Overall Best Faculty of Arts Student, University of Cape Coast, Ghana (2012)                  

Best Graduating English Student, University of Cape Coast, Ghana (2012)

Most Articulate Student, Finalist Dinner and Awards Night, University of Cape Coast, Ghana (2012)

First Prize, The Head of English Department’s Honor Roll, University of Cape Coast, Ghana (2011)

ESTEEM MEASURES:

Editor-in-Chief of the FB Online Magazine

English Editor of the Hall Editorial Committee of the Hung Hom Students of Residence, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Co-editor of Asian Association for Language Assessment (AALA) Student Committee In-Conversation Series, 2016/2017