Dr Ruth Payne

My main research interest relates to teachers’ use of language relating to pupils’ social behaviour in the classroom, but this is closely related to an interest in the construction of pupil face and the application of theories of politeness. I am particularly interested in the way politeness functions in contexts which construct asymmetrical power relationships. I also have a specific interest in the language of school behaviour policies and in the use of praise as a motivational strategy.

Other research interests include the construction of gender over time (a project in the Marks & Spencer Archive) and the use of gendered discourses in British culture.

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