School of English

Samira Bakeer

Research Student,


Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

A multimodal investigation into the use of Discourse Markers in supervision sessions: The case of Arabic doctoral students

Research Summary

The main aim of my research is to explore the multimodal usage of English Discourse Markers (DMs) by Arabic speakers in the context of doctoral supervision sessions. The study also seeks to disambiguate how Arabic doctoral students (as compared to English doctoral students) use these markers and their co-verbal gestures in the management of talk-in-interaction. A third goal is to shed some light on the particular aspect of context-DMs use relationship within doctoral supervisions and to identify how context might influence and control the multimodal usage of DMs.

Research Interests

  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Multimodal communication
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Intercultural communication

Research Supervisor/s

Primary Funding Source

Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Libya

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships


Bakeer, S., 2013. A Cross-cultural study into the speech act of complaining: Differences and similarities. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Thought. 3(3), 1-14

Conference Papers & Presentations

  • A multimodal investigation into the use of discursive strategies in supervision sessions: An intercultural study (paper presented at the Annual PGR Symposium, University of Nottingham, 12th MAY 2016)
  • I don't know! A story of the multimodal use of discourse markers in supervision meetings (a poster presented at LINK16 - student-led interdisciplinary research conference, University of Nottingham, 3rd June 2016
  • A multimodal investigation into overlapping speech in supervision sessions (Paper presented at the BAAL conference, University of Anglia Ruskin, 01-03 September 2016)
  • A multimodal investigation into turn-taking organisation in institutional intercultural interactions (paper accepted at The 46th Poznań Linguistic Meeting (PLM2016), University of Adam Mickiewicz university, Poznań: 15-17 September 2016

Academic History

  • MA Applied Linguistics and ELT (Distinction) - University of Nottingham
  • BA (Hons) Linguistics with English - Misurata University

Additional Information

  • 2002-2008 Teacher of English in Primary and Secondary Education, Libya
  • 2011-2014 Teaching and Research Staff at Misurata University, Libya

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