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Kevin Harvey

Associate Professor in Sociolinguistics, Faculty of Arts


Expertise Summary

BA (Loughborough) MA, PhD (Nottingham) Areas of expertise - discourse, multimodal discourse analysis; healthcare communication; shared reading; reading aloud; dementia discouse.

Research Summary

My principal research interests lie in the field of applied discourse analysis, multi-modal discourse analysis and corpus linguistics. Broadly, I am interested in interdisciplinary approaches to… read more

Recent Publications

Along with colleagues from the Centre for Dementia at the Institute of Mental Health, I have developed a blogging platform called Dementia Day-to-Day. Dementia Day-to-Day brings together a wide and ever-expanding panel of authors - from all walks of life, each with their own lived experience of, and interest in, dementia - to explore the subject of ageing and wellbeing from as many angles as possible. For further information, and to see the range of blogs currently on display, please visit: Dementia Day-to-Day is an ever-expanding resource. Accordingly we welcome blogs from new authors. If you would like to contribute, please email me at

Current Research

My principal research interests lie in the field of applied discourse analysis, multi-modal discourse analysis and corpus linguistics. Broadly, I am interested in interdisciplinary approaches to professional communication, with a special emphasis on health communication. My present research, for example, focuses on multi-modal approaches to medical discourse. Another strand of my research involves examining the phenomenon of medicalisation (the process whereby non-diseases are defined as diseases). Specifically, this area of my research uses critical multi-modal discourse to investigate the ways in which pharmaceutical companies and advertisers promote lifestyle drugs for benign conditions. Please click on the above tab for further details of all of my other publications and conference papers.

Another research interest of mine relates to reading for wellbeing and social inclusiveness. I currently run a series of dementia reading groups that feature School of English students reading poetry in care homes and local hospitals. I also help run a weekly community reading group in the Lenton area of Nottingham. Further details of all the reading groups can be found here:

I also edit a dementia blog Dementia Day-to-Day. Dementia Day-to-Day is a recent joint initiative led by the Institute of Mental Health and the University of Nottingham School of English. It takes the form of a unique series of blogs - mainly online diaries and reflective pieces. We've assembled a panel of authors - from all walks of life, each with their own lived experience of, and interest in, dementia - to explore the subject of ageing and wellbeing from as many angles as possible.

Dementia Day-to-Day is an ever-expanding resource. Accordingly we welcome blogs from new authors. If you would like to contribute, please do contact us by emailing sends e-mail)

Future Research

I am currently researching in the area of reading for wellbeing and critical multi-modal discourse analysis.

  • JONES, S., AND HARVEY, K., 2020. Participation, Perplexity and Plurality: exploring the shared reading of a ‘difficult’ poem Changing English. 27(1), 34-49.
  • BROOKES, G., PUTLAND, E., AND HARVEY, K., 2020. Multimodality: Examining visual representations of dementia in public health discourse. In: BROOKES, G., AND HUNT, D., ed., Analysing Health Communication: Discourse Approaches Palgrave. (In Press.)
  • TISCHLER, V., SCHNEIDER, J., MORGNER, C., CRAWFORD, P., DENING, T., BROOKER, D., GARABEDIAN, C., MYERS, T., EARLY, F., SHAUGHNESSY, N., INNES, A., DUNCAN, K., PRASHAR, A., MCDERMOT, O., COATEN, R., ELAND, D. and HARVEY, K., 2019. Stronger Together: Learning from an interdisciplinary Dementia, Arts & Wellbeing Network (DA&WN) Arts & Health. 11(3), 272-277
  • BAILEY, A., DENING, T., AND HARVEY, K., 2019. Battles and breakthroughs: representations of dementia in the British press Ageing & Society. 41(2), 362-376.
  • BROOKES, G. AND HARVEY, K., 2019. Linguistic Approaches (Corpus Linguistics). In: J. BILLINGTON, ed., Reading and Mental Health Palgrave. 247-263.
  • BROOKES, G., MULLANY, L., AND HARVEY, K., 2018. From Corpus to Clinic: Health Communication Research and the Impact Agenda. In: MCINTYRE, D. AND PRICE, H., ed., Applying Linguistics: Language and the Impact Agenda Routledge Routledge. 99-111.
  • PETTY, S., HARVEY, K., GRIFFITHS, A., COLESTON, D. and DENING, T., 2018. Emotional distress with dementia: a systematic review using corpus-based analysis and meta-ethnography. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 33(5), 679-687.
  • HARVEY, K., AND BROOKES, G., 2018. Looking Through Dementia: What Do Commercial Stock Images Tell Us About Aging and Cognitive Decline? Qualitative Health Research. 29(7), 987-1003.
  • BROOKES, G. AND HARVEY, K., 2017. 'Just plain wronga!' A multimodal critical analysis of online payday loan discourse. Critical Discourse Studies. 14(2), 167-187.
  • BROOKES, G. AND HARVEY, K., 2017. The Discourse of alternative credit: a multimodal critical examination of the Cash Converters mobile app. In: MOONEY, A. AND SIFAKI, E., ed., The Language of Money and Debt: A Multidisciplinary Approach
  • BROOKES, G., HARVEY, K., CHADBORN, N. and DENING, T., 2017. “Our biggest killer”: multimodal discourse representations of dementia in the British press Social Semiotics.
  • BROOKES, G. and HARVEY, K., 2016. Corpus Linguistics. In: M. GIOVANELLI and D. CLAYTON, eds., Knowing about Language: Linguistics and the secondary English Classroom. London and New York: Routledge. 125-136.
  • JONES, S. and HARVEY, K., 2016. ‘He should have put them in the freezer’: creating and connecting through shared reading Journal of Arts and Communities. 7(3), 153-166
  • BROOKES, G. AND HARVEY, K., 2016. Opening up the NHS to market: Using multimodal critical discourse analysis to examine the ongoing commercialisation of health care Journal of Language and Politics. (In Press.)
  • BROOKES, G. AND HARVEY, K., 2016. Examining the discourse of mental illness in a corpus of online advice-seeking messages. In: L PICKERING, E FRIGINAL AND S STAPLES, ed., Talking at work: corpus-based explorations of workplace discourse Palgrave. (In Press.)
  • BROOKES, G., HARVEY, K. and MULLANY, L., 2016. 'Off to the best start'? A multimodal critique of breast and formula feeding health promotional discourse. Gender & Language. 10(3), 340-363.
  • MULLANY, K., SMITH, C., HARVEY, K., AND ADOLPHS, S., 2015. ‘‘Am I anorexic?’ Weight, eating and discourses of the body in online adolescent health communication’ Communication and Medicine. 11(2), 1-14 (In Press.)
  • HUNT, D. AND HARVEY, K., 2015. : ‘Health Communication and Corpus Linguistics: Using Corpus Tools to Analyse Eating Disorder Discourse Online’. In: PAUL BAKER AND TONY MCENERY, ed., Corpora and Discourse Studies: Integrating Discourse and Corpora Palgrave. (In Press.)
  • BROWN, B., CRAWFORD, P. AND HARVEY, K., 2014. Corpus linguistics and evidence based communication. In: HAMILTON, H.E. & CHOU, P., ed., Routledge Handbook of Health Communication, London: Routledge. Routledge Handbook of Health Communication. Routledge. 75-90
  • HARVEY, K. and KOTEYKO, N., 2013. Exploring health communication: language in action Routledge.
  • HARVEY, K., 2013. Investigating adolescent health communication: a corpus linguistics approach Bloomsbury.
  • HARVEY, K., MULLANY, L. AND LOCHER, M., 2013. 'Can I be at risk of getting AIDS?' A linguistic analysis of two Internet advice columns on sexual health Linguistics Online. 59(2/13), 112
  • CRAWFORD, P., GILBERT, P., GILBERT, J., GALE, C. AND HARVEY, K., 2013. The Language of Compassion in Acute Mental Health Care Qualitative Health Research. 23(6), 719-727
  • HARVEY, K. and BROWN, B., 2012. Health communication and psychological distress: exploring the language of self-harm Canadian Modern Language Review. 68(3), 316-340
  • HARVEY, K., 2012. Disclosures of depression: using corpus linguistics methods to interrogate young people’s online health concerns International Journal of Corpus Linguistics. 17(3), 349-379
  • HARVEY, KEVIN & ADOLPHS, SVENJA, 2011. Discourse and Healthcare. In: HANDFORD, MICHEAL AND GEE, JAMES PAUL, ed., Routledge Handbook of Discourse Analysis Routledge.
  • HARVEY, K., 2011. Review of Eric Firgnal's 'The Language of Outsourced Call Centres: A Corpus-Based Study. Journal of Sociolinguistics. 15(4), 528-532
  • HUNT, DANIEL, & HARVEY, KEVIN, 2010. Grammar and Doctor–Patient Communication. In: CAROL A. CHAPELLE, ed., The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics Blackwell Publishing.
  • HARVEY, K., 2009. Electronic Health Discourse. In: CUMMINGS, L., ed., The Pragmatics Encyclopedia Routledge.
  • ATKINS, S and & HARVEY, K., 2009. How to use corpus linguistics in the study of health communication. In: O'KEEFE, A and & MCCARTHY, M., eds., The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Linguistics Routledge.
  • HARVEY, K., 2009. Young people’s views on depression/mental health: A linguistic analysis of emails to the Teenage Health Freak website In: Managing Child & Adolescent Mental Health in Primary Care Symposium, Imperial College, London, 26 March 2009..
  • HARVEY, K, CHURCHILL, D, CRAWFORD, P, BROWN, B, MULLANY, L, MACFARLANE, A and & MCPHERSON, A., 2008. Health communication and adolescents: What do their emails tell us? Family Practice. 25(4), 304-311
  • HARVEY, K., 2008. 'Is the aids virus difficult to catch?': A linguistic analysis of an internet health advice column In: Researching Adolescent Health, 2nd Biennial Conference, London, UK, 23rd October 2008.
  • GRAY, N, HARVEY, K, MCPHERSON, A and & MACFARLANE, A., 2008. 'Medicine dilemmas in adolescents' email messages'. The International Journal of Pharmacy Practice. 1, 34-35
  • GRAY, N, HARVEY, K, MACFARLANE, A and & MCPHERSON, A., 2008. ''Help!' Adolescent health language in email messages' Journal of Adolescent Health. 42, 5-6
  • HARVEY, K., 2008. 'Review of 'Taboo and the Censoring of Language' by Keith Allan & Kate Burridge' Journal of Politeness Research. 4(1), 139-144
  • HARVEY, K, BROWN, B, CRAWFORD, P and & CANDLIN, C., 2008. 'Elicitation hooks': A discourse analysis of chaplain-interaction in Pastoral and Spiritual Care The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counselling. 62(1-2), 43-61
  • ADOLPHS, S, ATKINS, S and HARVEY, K., 2007. Caught between professional requirements and interpersonal needs: vague language in healthcare contexts. In: CUTTING, J., ed., Vague Language Explored Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.
  • HARVEY, K.J, BROWN, B., MACFARLANE, A. and MCPHERSON, A., 2007. 'Am I Normal?' Teenagers, Sexual Health and the Internet Social Science and Medicine. 65, 771-781
  • HARVEY, K.J. and ADOLPHS, S., 2006. 'Am I normal' Teenagers, Sexual Health and the Internet. In: International Conference of Language and Social Psychology.
  • HARVEY, K.J and CRAWFORD, P., 2006. Exploring the Health Language of Adolescents In: National Conference of Research into Adolescent Health in Primary and Community Care.
  • HARVEY, K.J. and ATKINS, S., 2006. Caught Between Professional Requirements and Interpersonal Needs:Vague Language in Healthcare Contexts In: Fourth Interdisciplinary Conference:Communication, Medicine & Ethics.
  • HARVEY, K.J. and ADOLPHS, S., 2005. Communicating Medical Concerns: A Corpus Analysis of Adolescent Health Emails. In: Annual Meeting of the British Association of Applied Linguistics.
  • HARVEY, K.J., 2003. No Laughing Matter: How the Tabloids Textualised Racism during 'Euro 96 Working with English Medieval & Modern Language, Literature and Drama. 1, 41-55

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