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Dr Arianna Maiorani

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Senior Lecturer in Linguistics

Specialism: Linguist and Multimodalist

Arianna Maiorani joined Loughborough University in 2008. A Roman born and bred, she holds an MA in Modern Languages and Literatures from the University of Rome, La Sapienza and a PhD in Cultural Sciences from the International School of High Studies of the San Carlo Foundation in Modena, Italy.

Before joining Loughborough she taught English Language, Linguistics and Translation at the University of Bologna and the University of Rome “La Sapienza” for many years.

She is also an ex professional ballet dancer and choreographer and holds a diploma from the Ballet School of the Opera Theatre of Rome. 

Arianna Maiorani is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Her modules focus on the study of the English Language at various levels, on Linguistics at various levels (especially Systemic Functional Linguistics), on Communication, Discourse Analysis, Multimodality, Movement and Dance Theatre. In the SAED she teaches mainly on An Introduction to Language, Introduction to Multimodality, Dimensions of Texts, Movement and Performance and Dance Theatre.

She is currently supervising two PhD in Linguistics.

Her main research interests are Discourse Analysis and Multimodal Semiotics. She is particularly interested in interdisciplinary work that focuses on New Media Communication and in the application of the Systemic Functional analytical framework to the study of multimodal discourse strategies.

Between 2012 and 2014 she took part in an international research projects on The Languages of Film with the University of Pavia (IT) and the University of Malta.

She is currently involved in an interdisciplinary research project that involves the use of her Functional Grammar of Dance.

Arianna Maiorani entertains an intense research and lecturing activity at national and international level. Below is a list of some of her most prominent commitments:

  • She has been a member of the ERLA (Equipe de Recherche en Languistique Appliquée, France) since 2007.
  • She has been a member Scientific Committee of the European Systemic Functional Linguistic Conferences since 2010.
  • In October 2010 she was member of the scientific committee of the international conference “L’Afrique en Discours”, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France.
  • She has been repeatedly invited to deliver Master classes, seminars and plenary lectures at the University of Koper, Slovenia, since 2011.
  • In September 2011 she co-organised with Chris Christie the international conference “Analysing Multimodal Discourse: SFL meets Pragmatics” at Loughborough University.
  • In October 2011 she was invited to deliver a plenary lecture at the 2nd International Dance Symposium 2011, Seoul, South Korea.
  • In Spring 2012 she trained in dance movement a group of British Swimmers for the Olympics 2012.
  • In April 2013 she was invited to deliver a plenary lecture at the international conference “Nineteenth-Century Aetiologies, Exoticism, and Multimodal Aesthetics”University of Liverpool.
  • In June 2013 she was member of the scientific committee of the Cross-Cultural Pragmatics at a Crossroads III, University of East Anglia, UK.
  • In Spring 2014 she created a choreography for the community cast of Bolero, a play by Michael Pinchbeck premiered at the Nottingham Playhouse in May.
  • In March 2015 she was invited to deliver a plenary lecture at the 4th “Encounters Conference” at Haaga-Helia University, Porvoo, Finland, and to deliver an MA seminar on New Media Communication and Online Identity at Haaga-Helia University, Helsinki, Finland.
  • In May 2015 she was invited to deliver a plenary lecture at the international conference “Space & Place. Cultural Itineraries on Topographies of Spaces and Geographies of Places”, University of Calabria, Italy.
  • In March 2016 she was invited to deliver a lecture at Cardiff university “Working towards new horizons: FG interdisciplinary applications from visual dynamicity to movement meaning making processes”, Linc Research Network; now available at
  • In September 2012 she was member of the scientific committee of the international conference “The Languages of Films: dubbing, acquisition and methodology”, University of Pavia, Italy.
  • She was invited to deliver seminars at the University of Portsmouth, the University of Birmingham and at Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • She is a reviewer for scientific journals like Learning, Media and Technology (Routledge), Discourse Context and Media (Elsevier), and Text and Talk (De Gruyter) and for international publishers like Routledge and CUP.
  • From 2013 she is External Assessor for Linguistics at the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies of the University of East Anglia.