Elaine Vaughan - -

lectures on the MA ESOL at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Her PhD research, completed in 2009, is a corpus-based investigation of linguistic indices of community and identity in the workplace talk of English language teachers. Her published work focuses on in-group language, investigating teacher discourse, the functions of humour and laughter in the workplace and pragmatic markers in Irish English. Her research interests are broad, and include investigating Irish English in general, applying corpus-based methodologies to pragmatics as well as other areas of discourse analysis, referential practices, deixis and relational work in the spoken mode, an the pragmatics of humour an laughter in different contexts. Current work involves investigating the notion of community in online discourse, such as blogs, and the discourses of teaching and learning at third level.