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Dr Mimi Huang

Assistant Professor

Department: Humanities

I came to Newcastle and joined the department of Humanities in the summer of 2008 after having completed a PhD degree in cognitive linguistics at Nottingham University. Over the years, I've assumed multiple roles within the institution, successfully leading BA, MA and PhD modules and programmes within the Language and Linguistics Subject. I am currently serving as the PGR Lead for English Language and Linguistics, as well as the Research Group Lead for English Language and Linguistics in the Humanities Department.

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.

My dedication to the field also encompasses public engagement and impact activities. I've actively collaborated with healthcare practitioners, patient and community groups, charitable organisations, and the general public. I am committed to fostering a deeper understanding of the evolving culture of care, communication, and stakeholder engagement in contemporary healthcare services and public health.

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • 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
  • Exploring Conceptual Metaphors with a Dual Model, Huang, M. 11 Jul 2011, ICLC 11 - International Cognitive Linguistics Conference

  • 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
  • Sylvia Spanou A Cognitive Linguistic model of deconstructive interpretation Start Date: 01/03/2017 End Date: 19/11/2022
  • 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
  • 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
  • SONDOS IBRAHIM Cross-Cultural Cognitive Metaphors of Pain and Pain Management Start Date: 07/10/2014

To all research students, academic colleagues, practitioners, organisations and individuals interested in the aforementioned areas, I extend a warm invitation. I am always eager to discuss potential research and public engagement projects and activities. Your insights, queries, and collaborative opportunities are greatly appreciated. Please do get in touch, and let's delve into the vast realm of language and communication and its intersections together.

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

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