School of European Languages, Culture and Society (SELCS)


Dr Geraldine Horan

Dr Geraldine Horan



  • Senior Lecturer
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL


Her research interests lie in sociolinguistics, feminist linguistics and discourse analysis, historical discourse semantics, and the theory and practice of language teaching. She has published on the role of the new media in language teaching, on women’s discourse in National Socialism, theoretical approaches to analysing National Socialist discourse, the regulation of cursing and swearing in German, political humour in German, and discourses of gender and nationalism in Wilhelmine Germany. Current research projects include a sociolinguistic history of cursing and swearing in German since the 16th century, discourses of identity in the use of the Cologne dialect, and the language of anti-feminism and nationalism in Germany, 1900-1914.

Award year Qualification Institution
2000 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
German Linguistics
Royal Holloway
1991 BA Hons
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
English and German
Royal Holloway

Geraldine Horan was educated at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she studied for a BA (Hons) in German and English and a PhD in German Linguistics. She was appointed as Lecturer in German Language at UCL in 2000.


anti-feminist discourse|*|critical discourse analysis|*|feminist linguistics|*|historical discourse semantics|*|historical linguistics|*|language of National Socialism|*|nationalist discourses in German

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