Researcher biography

I'm originally from Lithuania, where I graduated from BA in English Philology and MA in English Studies. While at 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 (jocular) practices in terms of (im)politeness in Australian and British cultural contexts, I also explore how identity is (co-)constructed and negotiated in discourse and its link to linguistic diversity.

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), corpora (no one made anyone do anything here) and social media (people, just keep using Facebook!).

I've always loved languages, maybe because I've always been surrounded by a variety of them. I'm a native speaker of Lithuanian (lietuvių) and Russian (русский), I spent many years studying and then also teaching English and I also have a certificate for teaching Spanish as a foreign language (español como lengua extranjera ELE). Due to my study/research relocations, I can also communicate (sometimes extremely poorly) in Dutch (nederlands), French (français) and Portuguese (português), and at the moment I'm struggling with Modern Greek (ελληνικά) and Japanese (日本語)!

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


Programme contribution

Convenor of English as an International Language (BA major)


Course contribution/Teaching areas:

UQ (undergraduate):

  • Communicating Across Cultures: Theory and Practice (COMU1002)
  • Language Awareness & Cross-Cultural Competence for the Global Workplace (COMU2040)
  • Collaborations: Relating and Working Together (HUMN2500)

UQ (postgraduate)


  • English as a Second Language (Vilnius University)
  • Academic English (reading, writing, presentations) (Vilnius University)
  • Stylistics (Vilnius University)


Publication highlights:

Among most cited in the journal:

  • Sinkeviciute, Valeria. 2017. It's just a bit of cultural […] lost in translation": Australian and British intracultural and intercultural metapragmatic evaluations of jocularity. Lingua 197: 50-67. (since 2017)
  • Sinkeviciute, Valeria. 2017. Funniness and "the preferred reaction" to jocularity in Australian and British English: An analysis of interviewees' metapragmatic comments. Language & Communication 55: 41-54. (since 2016)
  • Sinkeviciute, Valeria and Marta Dynel. 2017. Approaching conversational humour culturally: A survey of the emerging area of investigation. Language & Communication 55: 1-9. (since 2016)
  • Sinkeviciute, Valeria. 2014. "When a joke's a joke and when it's too much": Mateship as a key to interpreting jocular FTAs in Australian English. Journal of Pragmatics 60, 121-139. (2014-2018)

Forthcoming publications:

Journal articles

  • Sinkeviciute, Valeria. (forthcoming). "Hey BCC this is Australia and we speak and read English": Monolingualism and othering in relation to linguistic diversity. Intercultural Pragmatics.
  • Sinkeviciute, Valeria. (in preparation). "You know I had so little clothing that they had to give me some": Identity construction and humour in getting acquainted interactions among Australians.

Book chapters

  • Dynel, Marta and Valeria Sinkeviciute. (forthcoming). Conversational humour. In Michael Haugh, Dániel Z. Kádár and Marina Terkourafi (eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Sociopragmatics. Cambridge University Press.




Forthcoming conference presentations/talks:


Edited special issues:


Reviews of my monograph "Conversational humour and (im)politeness: A pragmatics analysis of social interaction":


Panel organisation:

  • 9-14 June 2019 – (with Marta Dynel), Aggression as (im)politeness on social media, at the 16th International Pragmatics Conference, Hong Kong
  • 6-8 February 2019 - Metapragmatic labels and commentary on humorous practices: An (inter-)cultural perspective, at Australian Humour Studies Network conference, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1-3 November 2018 - Panel organiser (with Wei-Lin Melody Chang), Doing 'being ordinary' in reality television discourse, at 4th International Conference of the American Pragmatics Association (AMPRA), SUNY, Albany, USA
  • 16-21 July 2017 – Panel organiser, From self to culture: Identity construction in humour-related discourses, at the 15th International Pragmatics Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 26-31 July 2015 – Panel organiser (with Marta Dynel), The Pragmatics of Conversational Humour, at the 14th International Pragmatics Conference, Antwerp, Belgium


Invited talks/lectures:

  • 14 November 2019 - "Hey BCC this is Australia and we speak and read English": Linguistic diversity and impoliteness on Brisbane City Council's Facebook page, invited talk at Linguistics Seminar Series, School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Queensland (
  • 27 September 2019 - Studying linguistics, what's next? An invited speaker at UQ Linguistics Society's Careers Night.
  • 26 May 2017 - Evaluating (im)polite interactional behaviour: From reality television to qualitative interviews, talk at the Research Seminar at the School of Languages and Cultures, The University of Queensland, Australia
  • 10 May 2017 - Metapragmatics and humour, guest lecture at The University of Queensland, Australia
  • 6 November 2015 - What makes teasing impolite? "Step[ping] over those lines […] you shouldn't be crossing", guest lecture at University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • 25 November 2014 - "[Sometimes] it's not particularly funny, [sometimes] it's just rude": Getting a laugh and/or taking offence to teasing, talk at the Research Seminar at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia
  • 6 December 2013 - (Im)politeness in context, guest lecture at University of Antwerp, Belgium


Advisory Editorial Board member

Advances in (Im)politeness Studies (book series), Springer

Journal Referee

Journal of Pragmatics / Pragmatics / Journal of Politeness Research / Lingua / Language & Communication / Internet Pragmatics / Contrastive Pragmatics / Pragmatics and Society / Gender, Work & Organization / Sociolinguistic Studies

Areas of research