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University of Limerick (UL)
Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics

 Contact details
Contact personMaria Rieder
Lecturer in Sociolinguistics 
Street134 Bloomfield, Newtown, Annacotty 
Address 00 - Limerick (Ireland) 
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)51-250 
Organisation TypeSecondary or higher education establishment 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Languages and Linguistics
» Cultural Heritage
» Other social sciences
» Other humanities
» Anthropology
» Cultural studies
» Ethnic studies
» Economics
» Migration
» Media and socio-cultural communication
» Other social sciences
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)
» Journalism, mass media and communication

 Brief description of your activity focus
Language in the media and in public discourse and how it affects cross-community relations

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
My research interests lie in the fields of language in the media, in particular communication about and representations
of social and economic inequality in relation to minority communities, with a specific focus on the role of language in
the production of power and social conflict. I am particularly interested in the representation of minorities/migrants
in the media and the impact this has on public opinion and on cross-community/cross-cultural relationships. My goal is
to find solutions for media reporting and ways to give a voice to minority narratives.
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
01/08/2018 - 31/05/2019: Past Debt and Refugees - The Haunting of Europe
- Source HERA;
- Grant to me: €2,500;
- This sub-project of The Debt: Historicizing Europes Relations with the South looks at invocations of the past in relation
to refugees in Greek and German media.

31/12/2018 - 30/12/2020: INTERMOVE for Trainers
- Source: KA202 Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training;
- My role: Co-Applicant; Partners: Spain (Incoma), France, Italy
- Overall budget: €282,219.00;
- Grant to me as partner/UL: €19,144;
- This project trains staff to deliver training to students prior to their Erasmus period in cross-cultural issues and foreign
language acquisition.

01/03/2016 - 31/09/2018: The Mediation of Economic Inequality. Media Coverage of Pikettys Book Capital in the 21st
- Source: Bank of Austria Anniversary Fund;
- My role: Postdoctoral Researcher (competitive); Partner: WU Vienna
- Grant to me as researcher: €25,000;
- This project investigated the media coverage of Thomas Pikettys work as well as discourses of economic inequality and
tax policies in German, Austrian, British and Irish print news.

04/04/2016 - 31/12/2016: Provision of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for adult asylum seekers,
immigrants and refugees
- Source: Irish Research Council New Foundations;
- My role: Postdoctoral Research Assistant;
- Grant to me: €5000;
- This project examined provision of ESOL for asylum seekers, immigrants and refugees. I mapped ESOL needs and existing
ESOL provision and developed training and preparation materials for ESOL professionals.

01/09/2009 - 30/09/2013: Codes in Transition: A Folk-Linguistic Exploration of the Irish Traveller Cant
- Source: Faculty Strategic Fund, Trinity College Dublin;
- My role: Sole Applicant and PhD Researcher;
- Grant to me: €54,000;
- This project involved two years of community work at St. Joseph Traveller Training Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare, where data
was collected for an extensive study of the Irish Traveller language Cant.

01/02/2012 - 01/07/2012: Childrens Cant book project (see submitted hard copy)
- Source: Department of Equality and Justice;
- My role: Sole Applicant and Principle Researcher;
- Grant to me: €2,000;
- The aim of this project was to assess knowledge of Cant, teach children words of their heritage language and apply
acquired knowledge in Cant short stories.

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