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Professor Rodney Jones

Professor Rodney Jones
Job Title:
Professor of Sociolinguistics
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Head of Department

Departmental UG Admissions Tutor

Rodney teaches the following modules:

  • LS2SLG: Sociolinguistics
  • LS2LNM: Language and New Media


Editor: Writing & Pedagogy, Editorial Board: Language@Internet; Health Risk and Society

Areas of Interest

Rodney's main areas of interest are discourse analysis, interactional sociolinguistics, and language and digital media. He is particularly interested in how digital media affect the way people conduct social interactions and manage social identities. For the past two decades he has been involved with the late Professor Ron Scollon and other colleagues in developing an approach to discourse called mediated discourse analysis, the principles of which are laid out in his 2005 book with Sigrid Norris Discourse in Action: Introducing mediated discourse analysis. He has applied this approach to a range of contexts including health and risk communication, classroom discourse, professional communication, computer mediated communication, and language and creativity. Rodney has authored/edited twelve books and over fifty journal articles and book chapters.

Before joining the University of Reading, Rodney worked in the Department of English at City University of Hong Kong, where he acted as Head of Department from 2012 to 2014. While in Hong Kong he conducted a number of large scale funded research projects having to do with the digital literacies of secondary school students, HIV prevention and education, food labelling, collaborative writing in the creative industries, and laypeople's communication of scientific and medical information. He is interested in supervising projects on language and (new) media), mediated discourse analysis/nexus analysis, language and gender/sexuality, language and creativity, and health and risk communication.

Research groups / Centres


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Jones, R. (ed.) (2016) Routledge handbook of language and creativity. London: Routledge.

Jones R. and Richards, J.C. (eds.) (2016) Creativity and language teaching: Perspectives from research and practice. New York: Routledge.

Jones, R., Chik, A. and Hafner, C. (eds.) (2015) Discourse and digital practices: Doing discourse analysis in the digital age. London: Routledge.

Jones, R. (2015) Generic intertextuality in online social activism: The case of the It Gets Better project. Language in Society 44 (3): 317-339.

Jones, R. (2014) Unwriting food labels: Discursive challenges in the regulation of package claims. Journal of Business and Technical Communication 28 (4): 1-32

Jones, R. (2014) The multimodal dimension of claims in food packaging. Multimodal Communication 3 (1): 1-10.

Jones, R. (2014) Advertising culture: New challenges for stylistics. In P. Stockwell and S. Whiteley (eds.) The Cambridge handbook of stylistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 522-537.

Jones, R. (2014) Mediated discourse analysis. In S. Norris and C.D. Maier (eds.) Interactions, images and texts: A reader in multimodality. New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 39-52.

Bremner, S., Bhatia, V.K., Jones, R., and Pearson-Smith, A. (2014) Task design and interaction in collaborative writing: The students' story. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly 77 (2): 150-168.

Jones, R. (2013) Health and risk communication: An applied linguistic perspective. London: Routledge.

Jones, R. (2013) Research methods in TESOL and digital literacies. TESOL Quarterly 47 (4): 843-848.

Jones, R. (2013) The paradox of culture in a globalized world. Language and Intercultural Communication 13 (2): 237-44.

Jones, R. (2013) Rhythm and timing in chat room interaction. In S. Herring, D. Stein, and T. Virtanen (eds.) The pragmatics of computer mediated communication. Berlin: De Gruyter, 489-514.

Jones, R. and Hafner, C. (2012) Understanding digital literacies: A practical introduction. London: Routledge.

Jones, R. (2012) Discourse analysis: A resource book for students. London: Routledge


PhD Linguistics (Macquarie University, Sydney), MA TESOL (City University of Hong Kong), MFA Creative Writing (University of Arkansas), BA (Hons) English Language & Literature (University of Virginia)


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