Holly Vass


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  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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My  background is in Spanish and Applied Linguistics, and I lived and taught English in Spain for over two decades. That included seven years teaching English for Law at undergraduate level in Madrid. I gained my PhD in  Applied Linguistics in 2015 focusing my thesis on a corpus-based study of the comparative use of hedging in two written legal discourse genres. Currently, I combine research with course directorship of BA English and BA English Language, and teach on a range of discourse analysis and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) modules.

Research Interests

Legal English, Forensic Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics

Education/Academic qualification

Applied Linguistics, Doctorate, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Applied Linguistics, MA, George Mason University

Spanish, BA, University of Virginia

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Research Output

  • 3 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 3 Article
  • 1 Chapter
Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    The Role of Hedging in Balancing Power and Persuasion in the Judicial Context: The case of majority and dissenting opinions

    Vass, H., 2017, Power, Persuasion and Manipulation in Specialised Genres: Providing Keys to the Rhetoric of Professional Communities. Orts Llopis, M. A., Breeze, R. & Gotti, M. (eds.). Peter Lang, (Linguistic Insights).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Analysing hedging in legal discourse using small-scale and large-scale corpora.

    Vass, H., 2015, In : Research in Corpus Linguistics. 3, p. 27-35 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Socio-cognitive aspects of hedging in two legal discourse genres

    Vass, H., 2004, In : Iberica. 7, p. 125-141 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access