Michael Kranert

Michael Kranert

Dr Michael Kranert



I studied German and Philosophy at the Humboldt-University, Berlin and trained as a secondary school teacher in Germany. I taught German, Philosophy and English in some of the best schools in Berlin. Between 2008 and 2012, I was a DAAD-Lector in German at Cambridge University and Downing College, Cambridge. During my PhD at UCL in London, I was a part-time Lecturer in German at Imperial College in London.

I am a linguist interested in contrastive discourse analysis in English and German speaking countries. In order to analyse the influence of contextual differences on linguistic features of discourse in these countries, I use linguistic research methods such as Corpus Assisted Discourse Analysis, Political Lexicography, Systemic Functional Linguistics and Critical Metaphor Theory. In the interpretation stage, I discuss my findings against the background of historical and sociological insights.
My PhD-project undertook a comparison of the discourses of New Labour and the German SPD at the turn of the twenty-first century, explaining apparent linguistic and discursive differences with differences in the political cultures of Germany and the UK. The project is of significance on two levels: firstly, as a means to advance the methodology of discourse analysis, and secondly as a contrastive linguistic analysis of the two discourses.
As a new research project, I am planning a comparative investigation of the language in legal contexts in England and Germany.

I am interested in supervising research degrees in the following areas - please feel free to contact me:

Linguistic Discourse Analysis
Critical Discourse Analysis
Political Discourse
Discourse and Management
Discourse and Society

Research Areas




  • Reviewer for Journal "Language & Communication"
  • Reviewer for Journal "On the Horizon"
  • Reviewer for Palgrave communications
  • Text Book for Routledge
  • Edited Volume for Routledge


Conference Activity

  • Political Discourse: Multidisciplinary Approaches - 26-27 June 2015, University College London - Organizer
  • DiscourseNet Congress #2 - Co-Organizer


Invited Speaker

  • "Mapping political cultures, or 'genre' as central category of comparative political discourse analysis. The case of Third Way discourses in Germany and the UK at the turn of the 21st century" - Presentation in the research group ‘Language, Ideology and Power (LIP)’ Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University. 8th March 2017
  • Populistische Elemente in den Wahlprogrammen von AfD und UKIP - Presentation at 'Conference of AG Sprache in der Politik - Die Sprache des Bundestagswahlkampfs 2017', RWTH Aachen, Germany, 4-5 September 2017


Membership of Professional Body

  • DiscourseNet - Member of the Temporary Board
  • British Association of Applied Linguistics
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sprache in der Politik
  • Forum for Germanic Language Studies (FGLS)