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Dr Mimi Huang

Assistant Professor

Department: Humanities

I am a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University, where I have held multiple roles leading BA, MA and PhD programmes in the Humanities Department. Currently, I serve as the PGR Lead and Research Group Lead for English Language and Linguistics.

My work is dedicated to exploring the intricate relationship between communication and experience across different contexts and platforms. By integrating cognitive linguistics, narrative studies, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and stylistics, I investigate how communication influences and reflects the ways we understand and engage with health, wellbeing, identity and personhood. This interdisciplinary approach allows for a comprehensive appreciation of how we make sense of and share our lived and living experiences in diverse environments and through various media and genres.

I warmly invite research students, academics, practitioners and organisations interested in these areas to connect. Your insights, knowledge and collaborative proposals are highly valued. Please get in touch to discuss potential research projects and public engagement opportunities.

Mimi Huang

The scope of my research interest primarily spans across cognitive linguistics, language and health, narrative studies, discourse analysis, CDA, stylistics, and corpus linguistics. These diverse strands converge under three overarching themes:

Language and health: This theme delves into language and communication surrounding health and healthcare topics on multimodal platforms. It examines the nuanced and diverse ways in which language plays pivotal roles in our understanding and engagement with health-related matters.

Wellbeing, identity and personhood: This theme focuses on the profound link between language and individual identity. It explores how language can shape, define and influence one's sense of self and wellbeing.

Narratives and stories (inclusive of all genres): With a passion for storytelling that ranges from the literary to shades of everyday narratives and personal accounts, this theme aims to unearth the hidden depths, patterns and dynamic processes in narratives, shedding light on their cognitive, linguistic and sociocultural dimensions.

I am dedicated to public engagement and impact, collaborating with public services, charities, healthcare organisations, community groups and the broader public to enhance the culture of communication in healthcare, community safety and public health.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Narrative modulations in patient-practitioner communication: Exploring attunement and misattunement in supported self-management, Huang, M. 1 Jun 2024, In: Language and Health
  • Introduction: Constructing and Communicating Crisis Discourse from Cognitive, Discursive and Sociocultural Perspectives, Huang, M. Jul 2020, The Language of Crisis, Amsterdam, John Benjamins
  • Narrative Modulation in the Storytelling of Breast Cancer Survivors’ Transitional Experiences, Huang, M. Jul 2020, The Language of Crisis, Amsterdam, John Benjamins
  • The Language of Crisis: Metaphors, Frames and Discourses, Huang, M., Holmgreen, L. 16 Jul 2020
  • Socio-psychological salience and categorisation accuracy of speaker place of origin, McKenzie, R., Huang, M., Ong, T., Snodin, N. 1 Sep 2019, In: Lingua
  • An investigation of how supported self care is perceived and communicated by healthcare community members in the North East of England, Huang, M. 4 Apr 2017, British Sociology Annual Conference 2017
  • A Comparative Study of McDonald’s Wedding Narratives with the Model of Anchoring, Huang, M. 10 Dec 2016, In: Advances in Language and Literary Studies
  • A Critical Review of Narrative-Based Medicine — Its Recent Development and Prospective Outlook, Ye, Y., Huang, M. May 2015, In: Xunzheng Yixue
  • Communicating and Cooperating with Cancer Patients -- Where Cognitive Science Meets Narrative Medicine, Huang, M. 20 Jul 2015, ICLC 13 - 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference
  • Exploring Meaning Construction in Narrative Discourse, Huang, M. 15 Feb 2012, 4th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference

  • SONDOS IBRAHIM Cross-Cultural Cognitive Metaphors of Pain and Pain Management Start Date: 07/10/2014
  • Gerrit Kotzur Disablism at Work. A Critical Discourse and Biographical Narrative Study of Blind and Partially Sighted People’s Professional Identities in the UK and Germany Start Date: 07/10/2014 End Date: 04/12/2018
  • Hui-Ching Lin Particles in Phrasal Verbs— A Cognitive Linguistic Approach to Meaning Constructions in the EFL Context Start Date: 01/10/2015 End Date: 16/09/2019
  • Sylvia Spanou A Cognitive Linguistic model of deconstructive interpretation Start Date: 01/03/2017 End Date: 19/11/2022
  • Houssem Sid The Line between Screening Muslims and Being One: The Representation of the Muslim Identity in ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’ (2012); Algerian Muslims’ Perceptions and Negotiations of Muslim Identity. Start Date: 01/10/2019

  • Linguistics PhD July 15 2008
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2008

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