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María Martínez Lirola

Field of study: English Philology

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María Martínez Lirola is doctor in English Philology and Senior Lecturer in English Philology of the University of Alicante. Moreover, she is Research Fellow of the Linguistics and Modern Languages department of the University of South Africa (UNISA). She has directed various research projects on Critical Analysis of Discourse and educational innovation, funded by public entities. She published about a hundred publications that include books, articles in national and international reviews, book chapters, papers in congresses, reviews and outreach Works, added to the fact that she has created and lead the research group Critical Analysis of Multimodal Discourse.

María Martínez Lirola obtained the Teaching Excellence Award of the Faculty of Arts in 2010, given by the Generalitat Valenciana. She has participated in congresses and given conferences and seminars in Spain and in dozens of countries. Moreover, she has carried out research stays in order to carry out researches in the following universities:

University of Westminster (London, 2003), University of Macquarie (Sydney, 2005), University of Kwazulu-Natal (South Africa, 2006), CEDEJ (Centre for Studies and Economical, Juridical and Social Documentation) (Cairo, Egypt, 2007), Universidad de Anahuac-Mayab (Mérida, Mexico, 2008) University of South Africa (UNISA, Pretoria, South Africa, 2012), University of Carleton (Ottawa, Canada, 2012), University British Columbia, University of Montréal (2014), University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus (2015).

Lines of research

  • Critical analysis of discourse, applied to gender studies
  • Linguistics, sexist language, Functional Systemic Grammar
  • Education and gender
  • Sexist advertising and visual and symbolic gender violence


Martínez Lirola, M. 2009. Main Proceses of Thematization and Postponement in English. European University Studies vol. 9055. Berlín: Peter Lang. ISSN : 0721-3352 ISBN : 978-3-03911-807-6

Martínez Lirola, M. (ed.) 2010. Migraciones, discursos e ideologías en una sociedad globalizada. Claves para su mejor comprensión Alicante: Instituto Alicantino de Cultura Juan Gil Albert.

Martínez Lirola, M. (ed.) 2013. Discourses of Immigration in Times of Economic Crisis: A Critical Perspective. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN (10): 1-4438-4053-X, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-4053-8


Martínez Lirola, M. (2014) "Exploring visual dysphemisms in pieces of news related to immigrant minors in a Spanish newspaper". Visual Communication 13 (4): 405-427.DOI: 10.1177/1470357214541741

Martínez Lirola, M. (2014) “Approaching the representation of Sub-Saharan immigrants in a sample from the Spanish press: deconstructing stereotypes”. Critical Discourse Studies 11(4): 482-499. DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2014.915382 

Martínez Lirola, M. (2014) “Legitimating the return of immigrants in Spanish media discourse”. Brno Studies in English 40(1): 129-147. DOI: 10.5817/BSE2014-1-7 Enlace

Martínez Lirola, M. (2014) “The portrayal of women’s contribution to Irish society through a sample from the Irish press”. Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies (SIJIS) 4: 53-68. Enlace. DOI: Enlace

Martínez Lirola, María (2014) “Visibility and invisibility: Exploring the representation of women and men in Irish politics. The example of the 2011broadcasts”. Communication Papers 3(5): 11-22. Enlace

Enlace web Communication Papers ISSN 2014-6752

Martínez Lirola, M. (2014) “An exploration of the representation of immigrant women in a sample from the Spanish press”. Gender Questions 2(1): 84-97.

Martínez Lirola, M. (2013) “The construction of gender through discourse in the social network badoo: exploring virtual interaction”. Gender Questions 1: 18-32.

Martínez Lirola, M. (2013) “Predicated themes in a literary corpus: their use as textual resource in Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country (1948)”. Polissema, Revista de Letras do ISCAP 13: 219-239.  Enlace

Martínez Lirola, M. (2013) “Explorando la construcción discursiva de las mujeres y los menores inmigrantes en una muestra de noticias de radio”. Tonos Digital 25: 1-14. 

Martínez Lirola, M. y J. Chovanec (2012) “The dream of a perfect body come true: Multimodality in cosmetic surgery advertising”. Discourse and Society 23 (5):  487–507. Enlace

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