Researcher biography

I'm originally from Lithuania, where I graduated from BA in English Philology and MA in English Studies. While at the university, I spent part of my study period in Spain (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and Quebec (Université de Montréal). After teaching two years at Vilnius University, in 2012 I started my PhD at the IPrA Research Center at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Apart from analysing interactional (primarily jocular) practices in terms of (im)politeness in Australian and British cultural contexts, I've also recently developed interest in identity studies, particularly in relation to jocularity. I have been working with different types of data, including reality television discourse (yes, they made me watch Big Brother!), qualitative interviews (I made [ok, begged] people [to] give me some answers about their interactional behaviour) and corpora (no one made anyone do anything here).

I've always loved languages, maybe because I've always been surrounded by a variety of them. I'm a native speaker of Lithuanian and Russian, I spent many years studying and then also teaching English and I also have a certificate for teaching Spanish as a foreign language. Due to my study/research relocations, I can also communicate (sometimes extremely poorely) in Dutch, French and Portuguese, and at the moment I'm struggling with Modern Greek!

And now my quest for a 'holy grail' theory continues in the School of Languages and Cultures, here at UQ!

Forthcoming publications:

Journal articles

  • Sinkeviciute, Valeria. in press. "It's just a bit of cultural […] lost in translation": Australian and British intracultural and intercultural metapragmatic evaluations of jocularity. Lingua.
  • Sinkeviciute, Valeria. 2017 (in press). What makes teasing impolite in Australian and British English? "Step[ping] over those lines [...] you shouldn't be crossing". Journal of Politeness Research: Language, Behaviour, Culture 13(2).
  • Sinkeviciute, Valeria and Marta Dynel. 2017 (in press). Approaching conversational humour culturally: A survey of the emerging area of investigation. Language & Communication 55.
  • Sinkeviciute, Valeria. 2017 (in press). Funniness and "the preferred reaction" to jocularity in Australian and British English: An analysis of interviewees' metapragmatic comments. Language & Communication 55.

Book chapters

  • Culpeper Jonathan, Michael Haugh and Valeria Sinkeviciute. 2017 (forthcoming). (Im)politeness and mixed messages. In Palgrave Handbook of Linguistic (Im)Politeness, ed. by Jonathan Culpeper, Michael Haugh and Dániel Kádár. London: Palgrave, pp. 323-355.