Researcher biography

Michael Haugh is Professor of Linguistics and Head of the School of Languages and Cultures.

His research interests lie primarily in the field of pragmatics, with a focus to date on analysing face, (im)politeness, teasing and humour, indirectness, and intention. He works with recordings and transcriptions of naturally occuring spoken interactions, as well as data from digitally-mediated forms of communications, across a number of languages, as he is ultimately interested in the ways in which pragmatic phenomena have their distinct local flavours, both across and within languages and cultures. An area of emerging importance in his view is the role that spoken corpora can play in pragmatics and linguistic analysis more broadly. He has been involved in the establishment of the Australian National Corpus (, and is interested in further developing methods in corpus-assisted pragmatics.

He has published widely in journals and edited volumes, and recent books include Im/Politeness Implicatures (2015, Mouton de Gruyter), Pragmatics and the English Language (2014, Palgrave Macmillan, with Jonathan Culpeper), and Understanding Politeness (2013, Cambridge University Press, with Dániel Z. Kádár). He has also co-edited a number of books and special issues of journals, including the Handbook of Linguistic (Im)politeness (2017, Palgrave Macmillan with Jonathan Culpeper and Dániel Z. Kádár), Situated Politeness (2011, Continuum, with Bethan Davies and Andrew John Merrison), and Face, Communication and Social Interaction (2009, Equinox, with Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini), and is also co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Pragmatics (Elsevier,

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Humor in Taiwan
Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange