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Dr Annabelle Mooney


Department of Media, Culture and Language



A.Mus.A, BA (Hons), MA, PhD, LLB, FHEA

Research interests

My current project, on human rights, the body and language, is in its final stages. This work provides an answer to the quest for a universal foundation for human rights. Recently, I have conducted some research on spoken signs and past work includes research in the fields of HIV/AIDS and quality of life, globalisation and marginal religious movements. I am currently in the process of formulating my next project, which will be in the field of financial literacy.

I welcome research proposals on any of the above. I'd be particularly interested in the analysis of the representation of law or research relating to the anlaysis of legal language.

Membership of professional bodies

International Association for the Semiotics of Law

Teaching interests


Language and Gender
Sexist Language
Storytelling in Everyday Conversation
Forensic Linguistics





"Human Rights: Law, language and the bare human being" Language and Communication, (2012) 32: 169-81[available online]

"Boys will be boys: men's magazines and the normalisation of pornography" Feminist Media Studies (2008) 8(3): 247-65; [reprinted in Kearney, Mary Celeste (2011) The Gender and Media Reader, London: Routledge]

"Death Alive and Kicking: Dianne Pretty, legal violence and the sacred", Social Semiotics (2008) 18(1): 47-60

"Quality of Life: Questionnaires and Questions" Journal of Health Communication (2006) 11(3): 327-41

"Keeping on the windy side of the law: the law of the beach" Law Text Culture (2005) 9:189-214

"Some body wants to be normal: an account of an HIV narrative"Medical Humanities (2005) 31: 72-80 [reprinted in Rapport, F and Wainwright, P (eds.), The Self in Health and Illness, Radcliffe: Oxford, (2006)]

With Srikant Sarangi, "An ecological framing of HIV preventive intervention", Health, (2005) 9(3): 275-96

"Showing who you are: Witnessing Texts", ARC, Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill (2004) 32: 187-211

"Co-operation, violations and making sense" Journal ofPragmatics, (2004) 36: 899-920

"Fight The Good Fight With All Your Might: The US, us and them" Studies in Terrorism: Media Scholarship and the Enigma of Terror. Chitty, N., Rush, R.R. and Semati. M. (eds.). Penang: Southbound in association with the Journal of International Communication (2003)

"Human Rights, Linguistics and the Law: The UK and Beyond", International Journal for the Semiotics of Law (2002)15: 389–398

"Has God Gone Global?" in Handbook of Language and Globalization, Coupland, N (ed.), Oxford: Blackwell (2010)

"Signs Show the Way: Reading HIV Prevention on the Andaman Islands" in Language and HIV/AIDS, Higgins, C. and Norton, B. (eds.), Bristol: Multilingual Matters (2009)

"When Rape Is (Not Quite) Rape", in The Language of Sexual Crimes, Cotterill, J. (ed.) Basingstoke: Palgrave McMillan (2007): 198-216

"The Drama of the Courtroom", in Images in Law, Wagner, A. and Pencak, W. (eds.) Surrey: Ashgate (2006): 71-88

"Maligned and misunderstood: Marginal movements and UK law" in Explorations in the Sociology of Language and Religion, Omoniyi, T. and Fishman, J. A. (eds.), Amsterdam: John Benjamins (2005): 291–305

"Citizens, Immigrants, Anarchists and Other Animals", in ContemporaryIssues in the Semiotics of Law, Wagner, A et al (eds.) Onati International Series in Law and Society, Oxford: Hart (2005): 35-56

"Children of God who Wouldn't but had to", in, Gender and the Language of Religion, Jule, A. (ed.) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (2005): 168-84

"Restoring Trust: Plachimada, the Human Trust and Anticipatory Negligence as Restorative Justice" International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, online first DOI: 10.1007/s11196-012-9285-6"


The Rhetoric of Religious Cults: Terms of Use and Abuse (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

With Betsy Evans, Globalization: the Key Concepts, (Routledge 2007)

Language, Society and Power, 3rd ed. Aldershot: Routledge (2010) Editor and contributor

Language, Society and Power, a Reader. Aldershot: Routledge (2011) Editor and contributor


Videocast Review: Current TV. (2010). Sarah Haskins in Target Women [videocast]. USA: Infomania, Women and Language 33(1): 123-4


"Language policy, Culture, and Identity Asian Contexts" Book Review, Applied Linguistics (2008), 28(3): 515-8

"Medium or Message? Language and Faith in Ethnic Churches" Book Review, Journal of Sociolinguistics (2004), 8(4): 625-8

"Love of Language and the Law" Book Review, International Journal for the Semiotics of the Law (2008), 21(1)

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