I advocate an interdisciplinary approach to the study of discourse and cognition. Bringing together (Critical) Discourse Analysis, Cognitive Linguistics, and Cognitive Neuroscience, I explore the question of what it means to make meaning. I believe developing this understanding is fundamental to accounting for the human experience. Only by fully understanding ourselves, can we fully understand the challenges in our future.
I propose two interdependent research programmes. The first is the development of a framework to assess the phenomenon of discourse coherence, or how texts and discourses appear to ‘make sense’. With the second, I aim to develop a systematic method for the analysis of text and discourse that identifies correlations between the conceptual properties of language and the underpinning neural substrate. What does our brain do when we encounter text, talk, and discourse? How does meaning ‘happen’? Why is experience meaningful?
- RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY
McDonough, T.D. and Reynolds, P. (2018). Institutional Discourses and Social Change. In Reynolds, P. et al (Eds.). Criticality from the Inside. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.
Reynolds, P. and McDonough, T.D. (2018). Exploring Traditional and Critical Pedagogies. In Reynolds, P. et al (Eds.). Criticality from the Inside. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.
McDonough, T.D. and Reynolds, P. (2018). The Context to Contemporary Further and Higher Education: Neo-Liberalism. In Reynolds, P. et al (Eds.). Criticality from the Inside. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.
McDonough, T.D. (2018). Examining the ‘Neural Turn’: An Experimental Approach to Critical-Cognitive Discourse Analysis. CADAAD (TBC).
McDonough, T.D. (2018). Review of Richardson (2017) British Fascism: A Discourse-Historical Analysis. Discourse and Society 30(1). London: Sage.
McDonough, T.D. (2017). Review of Charteris-Black (2016) Fire Metaphors: Discourses of Awe and Authority. Discourse and Communication 11(6). London: Sage.
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McDonough, T.D. (2017). Editorial: Creating a Third Space. PRISM I (1). pp. 8-20.
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McDonough, T.D. (2008). The New American Empire and the Electronic Revolution. East Lancashire Research Journal 1(2).
McDonough, T.D. (2018). Simulating Meaning in the Brain. Linguistics and English Language Annual Conference. Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK. 12th July 2018.
McDonough, T.D. (2018). Seasons, Cycles, and Journeys: How We Think About Change. Ageing, Generational Change and Social Solidarity: Managing Diversity in Ageing Societies. University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Wroclaw, Poland. 9th to 10th July 2018.
McDonough, T.D. (2018). The Coherence of Incoherence: The Case of Schrödinger’s Immigrant. CADAAD 2018. Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark. 5th to 7th July 2018.
McDonough, T.D. (2018). Metaphors of the Market. Discourse Net 20. Karoli Gaspar University, Budapest, Hungary. 17th to 19th May 2018.
McDonough, T.D. (2017). Imagining the Market: Simulation and Grounded Cognition. A Neoliberal Nightmare: Beyond the Populist Insurgence? A CDSS Network Seminar. University Centre at Blackburn College. 10th to 12th May 2017.
McDonough, T.D. (2016). Fields of Conceptual Coherence: Or How Making Sense “Makes Sense”. 6th UK Cognitive Linguistics Conference. Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd. 19th to 22nd July 2016.
McDonough, T.D. (2016). Cognitive Economies: The Entrenchment of the Market in the Discourse of Pedagogic Life. Critical Pedagogies, Power & Possibilities: Strategies for Difference and Solidarity in Contemporary Societies. A Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network Workshop. University Centre at Blackburn College, Blackburn. 18th to 20th May 2016.
McDonough, T.D. (2015). The ‘General Peculiarity’ of Temporal Particularity. Time, Substance and Things. University of Paris VIII, Paris. 21st to 22nd May 2015.
McDonough, T.D. (2010). Nurturing Nature: Teaching Language as a Social Practice. Liverpool College Annual Research Conference. May 2010.
- PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT:
PRISM Journal Editor-in-Chief | Chair of the Editorial Board | Co-Founder
The Future is Now: Utopia, Dystopia, and the Crises of Tomorrow. A CDSS Network Seminar. University Centre at Blackburn College. 23rd to 25th May 2018.
A Neoliberal Nightmare: Beyond the Populist Insurgence? A CDSS Network Seminar. University Centre at Blackburn College. 10th to 12th May 2017.
Grants and Impact Projects:
Enhancing Employability Through Community Challenge. Higher Education Academy (HEA) Teaching Development Grant, 2012-2013.
Research and Scholarship Committee (UCBC)
Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network
Higher Education Academy
UK Cognitive Linguistics Association
Critical Pedagogies, CERES, Liverpool John Moores University
Discourse and Text (DisTex), Lancaster University
Language, Ideology and Power (LIP), Lancaster University
Preston Linguistics Circle (PLC), UCLan
The Ragged Alliance (Co-Founder) Free and open public lectures in community spaces.
A Polar Bear’s Nose and a Flying Pig: Your Brain on Language. UCBC Humanities and Social Science Lecture Series. UCBC. 21st February 2018.
Cognitive Dynamite: Child Language Acquisition and the Developing Brain. Early Childhood Studies Symposium. UCBC. 24th November 2016