Olivia Inwood

Postgraduate Research Student

Thesis Title

A Discourse-Analytic Approach to Understanding the Genres of Deceptive Communication on Social Media



The aim of my PhD research is to make a new contribution to the study of deception and mis/disinformation on social media, by applying methods from Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) such as the appraisal framework, affiliation and SFL-based genre theory, to a collection of data from Youtube. My PhD thesis will propose new ways of mapping out genres of deceptive communication by analysing the interpersonal not just the ideational aspects of deceptive discourse, and to illuminate the nuances in language that occur when people are engaging in communities that bond around deceptive communication.