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Alexandra Georgakopoulou

Professor of Discourse Analysis & Sociolinguistics



  • Discourse and narrative analysis, small stories research
  • Language & new/social media; computer-mediated discourse analysis
  • Discourse, interaction, social relations and identities; youth and gender in communication

I am a narrative & discourse analyst with a longstanding interest in how people present themselves and relate to others in significant socialization contexts (family, friendship groups, school, leisure sites, social media platforms). Drawing on sociocultural linguistic and interactional perspectives, I have researched the role of everyday life stories (both face-to-face and on new/social media) in the (re)formation of social relations. I have specifically researched, with ethnographic methods, female adolescent peer-groups, in Greece and in London.

I have developed small stories research, a new paradigm for narrative and identities interactional analysis (Small stories, interaction and identities, 2007 Small stories research has been taken up as a critical narrative framework not just in sociolinguistics, but also educational inquiry, TESOL, narrative sociology, psychology & psychotherapy. For details see here.

Small stories research pre-figured the social media engendered visibility of ‘non-canonical’ and under-represented –e.g. in interview narrative studies- narration forms such as: open-ended, multi-authored, heavily circulated and snappy stories, with emphasis on the mundane. I have documented ‘breaking news’ as an increasingly salient small story genre of consequence in ordinary people’s technologically mediated life, intimately linked with social media affordances (e.g. ability to share lived experience as it is happening and to update as often as necessary) and media convergence. I am currently exploring the ways in which small stories research can be further systematized for the analysis of social media in the project Life-writing of the moment: The sharing and updating self on social media. The project is part of the ERC Advanced Grant (2014-2019) Ego-media. The impact of new media on forms and practices of self-presentation.

I have collaborated with numerous colleagues, particularly in the production of material primarily addressed to students of (socio)linguistics: I have written two textbooks on Discourse Analysis, one in English (
and one in Greek, with Dionysis Goutsos (University of Athens). I have co-edited ‘Discourse constructions of youth identities’ (John Benjamins, 2003 with  Jannis Androutsopoulos (University of Hamburg) and co-authored with Anna De Fina (Georgetown University)  ‘Analyzing narrative’ (2012)

I am a member of the following ECS research group: The Centre for Language, Discourse & Communication
For further details please see my Research Staff Profile.


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I currently teach on the BA English Language & Linguistics and on the MA Language and Cultural Diversity


  • Language politics: Post-national and Global Contexts
  • Analysing stories and identities
  • Language, discourse and social media
  • Language, identity & culture

a. Books


(2007) Small Stories, Interaction and Identities. Studies in Narrative 8. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Hardback 185 pp. ISBN 978-90-272-2648-8.

(1997) Narrative Performances: A Study of Modern Greek Storytelling. Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 46. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Hardback 282pp. ISBN 90-272-5059- 6 (Eur) / 1-55619-808-6 (US).


(2012) (with Anna De Fina) Analyzing Narrative: Discourse and Sociolinguistic Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(with Dionysis Goutsos, 1997, reprinted 1999, 2nd edition, 2004) Discourse Analysis: An Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

(with Dionysis Goutsos, 1999,  reprinted 2001, 2004, 2006, 2nd edition, 2002, 3rd edition, 2011) ΚείμενοκαιΕπικοινωνία (Text and Communication). Athens: Patakis.

Goutsos, D./ Sifianou, M./ Georgakopoulou, A.[1] (2006) ΗΕλληνικήωςΞένηΓλώσσα: ΑπότιςΛέξειςσταΚείμενα (Greek as a Foreign Language: From Words to Texts). Αthens: Patakis. Paperback.


Edited collections

(2015a) (with De Fina, A.) Handbook of Narrative Analysis. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

(2015b, with Spilioti, T.) The Routledge Handbook of Language & Digital Communication. London: Routledge.

(2009, with Michael Silk) Standard Languages and Language Standards: Greek, Past and Present. London: Ashgate Publishing.

(2003, with Jannis Androutsopoulos, eds.) Discourse Constructions of Youth Identities. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

(2001, with Marianna Spanaki, eds.) A Reader in Greek Sociolinguistics: Studies in Modern Greek Language, Culture and Communication. Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang.

Guest-edited special issues of academic journals

* (2015) Communicating time & place on digital media. Discourse, Context & Media 8.

(2014) Stories in social organisations. COMPASO. Available:

(2009, with Vally Lytra)  Language, Discourse and Identities: Snapshots from Greek Contexts. Special Issue of Pragmatics 19. 185 pages. ISSN 1018-2101.

 (2008, with Anna De Fina) Narrative Analysis in the Shift from Texts to Practices. Special Issue of Text & Talk 28. 180 pp. ISSN 1860-7330

b. Chapters in Books

(2015a, in press) Narrative creativity and performance. In Maybin, J. (ed) Creativity in discourse. Open University Press. 

 (2015b, in press) Life/narrative of the moment. From telling a story to taking a narrative stance. In McKim, E. & Schiff, B. (eds.), Life and narrative. OUP.

(2015c) Small stories research: issues, methods, applications. In De Fina, A. & Georgakopoulou, A. (eds.) Handbook of Narrative Analysis. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 255-271.

(2014a) ‘Girlpower or girl (in) trouble?’: Identities and discourses in the media engagements of adolescents’ school-based interaction. In J. Androutsopoulos (ed.) Mediatization and sociolinguistic change. Mouton de Gruyter. 217-244.

(2014b) (with A. Charalambidou) ‘I will make you widows laugh: A narrative analytic perspective on jokes telling and tellers in a group of older Cypriot women. In Christodoulidou, M. (ed.), Analyzing Greek talk-in-interaction. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 130-156.

(2013a) Storytelling on the go: Breaking news stories as a travelling narrative genre. In M. Hatavara, L.-C. Hydén & M. Hyvärinen (eds.), The Travelling Concepts of Narrative. Amsterdam: Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 201-224

(2013b) Narrative analysis of and for CMC. Insights from a social-interactional approach. In Herring, S., Stein, D., & Virtanen, T. (eds.) Handbook of the Pragmatics of CMC. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

 (2011a) Teachers, students and ways of telling in classroom sites: a case of out of (work)place identities. In Angouri, J. & Marra, M. (eds.) Constructing identities at work. Palgrave.

(2011b) Georgakopoulou, A. & Charalambidou, A. Doing age and ageing: Language, discourse and social interaction. In Andersen, G. & Aijmer, K. (ed.) The Pragmatics of Society. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

(2010) Narrative analysis. In Johnstone, B., Wodak, R. & Kerswill, P. (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Sociolinguistics. London: Sage.

(2009a) Reflection and self-disclosure from the small stories perspective: A study of identity claims in interview and conversational data. In Schiffrin, D., De Fina, A., & Nylund, A. (eds.), Telling Stories. Building Bridges among Language, Narrative, Identity, Interaction, Society and Culture. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. 226-247.

(2009b) Introduction: Greek language standardizing, present and future. In Georgakopoulou, A. & Silk, M. (eds.), Standard Languages and Language Standards: Greek, Past and Present. The Centre for Hellenic Studies, King’s College London, Publication 12: Ashgate Publishing. xi-xxviii.

(2008a, with Jannis Androutsopoulos) Youth, discourse and interpersonal management. In Antos, G. & Ventola, E. (eds.), Handbook of Interpersonal Communication. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 457-480.

(2008b, with Dionysis Goutsos) Σύγχρονες τάσεις και κατευθύνσεις της ανάλυσης λόγου (New directions in discourse analysis). In  Mozer, A., Bakakou-Orfanou, A., Charalambakis, C. & Cheila-Markopoulou, D. (eds.), Γλώσσης Χάριν. Τόμος Aφιερωμένος από τον Τομέα Γλωσσολογίας στον Καθηγητή Γεώργιο Μπαμπινιώτη (ForLanguagesSake. A Volume Dedicated to Professor George Babiniotis by the Department of Linguistics). Athens: Ellinika Grammata. 349-361.

(2007) Positioning in style: Men in women’s jointly produced stories. In Auer, P. (ed.), Social Identities and Communicative Style: Alternative Approaches to Linguistic Heterogeneity. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 393-418.

(2006a) Small and large identities in narrative (inter)-action. In Schiffrin, D. Bamberg, M. & De Fina, A. (eds.), Discourse and Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 83-102.

(2006b) Αφηγηματικά κείμενα. Τύποι, ατυπίες και πρακτικές (Narrative texts. Types, lack of, and practices). In Goutsos, D. Koutsoulelou, S. , Bakakou-Orfanou, A. & Panaretou, E. (eds.), Ο Κόσμος των Κειμένων (The World of Texts). Athens: Ellinika Grammata. 33-48.

(2005) ‘Same old story?’ On the international dynamics of shared narratives. In Becker, T. & Quasthoff, U. (eds.), Narrative Interaction. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 223-241.

(2003a, with Jannis Androutsopoulos) Discourse constructions of youth identities: Introduction. In Androutsopoulos, J. & Georgakopoulou, A. (eds.), Discourse Constructions of Youth Identities. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 1-25.

(2003b) Looking back when looking ahead: On adolescents' identity management in narrative practices. In Androutsopoulos, J. & Georgakopoulou, A. (eds.), Discourse Constructions of Youth Identities. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 75-91.

(2003c, updated 2005) Computer-mediated communication. In Verschueren, J., & Östman J-O (eds.), Handbook of Pragmatics (2003). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.  1-20 (Loose-leaf). ISBN  978 90 272 3238 0. Also available in Handbook of Pragmatics Online: Reprinted in Pragmatics in Practice (2011), edited byJ.-O.Östman and J. Verschueren.

(2002a, 2nd ed. 2006) Συνομιλιακές αφηγήσεις με (και για) φύλο. (Conversational narratives with (and about) gender). In Pavlidou, T. (ed.), Γλώσσα - Γένος - Φύλο (Language – (Grammatical) Gender – (Social) Gender). Thessaloniki: Paratiritis. 77-96. 

(2002b) Greek children and familiar narratives in family contexts: en route to cultural performances. In Blum-Kulka, S. & Snow, C. (eds.), Talking to Adults. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 33-54.

(1997; updated 2005) Narrative. In Verschueren J.,  Östman J-O, Blommaert, J & Bulcaen, C. (eds.), Handbook of Pragmatics (1997). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins. 1-19 (Loose-leaf). 

c. Articles in Journals

(2015) Sharing as rescripting: Place manipulations on YouTube between narrative and social media affordances. Special Issue. Discourse, context & media 8.

(2014) Small stories transposition & social media: A micro-perspective on the ‘Greek crisis’. Special Issue. Discourse & Society 25: 519-539.

(2013a) Small stories research and social media practices: Narrative stancetaking and circulation in a Greek news story. Sociolinguistica 27: 87-100.

(2013b) Building iterativity into positioning analysis: A practice-based approach to small stories and self. Special Issue. Narrative Inquiry 23: 89-101.

(2013c) Small stories and identities analysis as a framework for the study of im/politeness-in-interaction. Special Issue. Interconnections of face and identity. Journal of Politeness Research 9: 55-74.

(2011) ‘On for drinkies?’ E-mail cues of participant alignments. Special Issue.Computer-Mediated Conversation, Part II.

(2010) Narrative as talk-in-interaction: Implications for the study of storytelling in Greek. Greek Conversation Analysis. Special Issue of Journal of Greek Linguistics 10: 345-361.

(2009a, with Vally Lytra) Introduction: Language, discourse and identities in Greek contexts. Special Issue ofPragmatics 19: 311-316.

(2009b, Georgakopoulou, A. & Finnis, K.) Code-switching ‘in site’ for fantasizing identities: A case study of conventional uses of London Greek Cypriot. Language, Discourse and Identities: Snapshots from Greek Contexts. (Ed. by Georgakopoulou, A. & Lytra, V.) Special Issue of Pragmatics 19: 469-490.

(2009c) Εθνογραφική κοινωνιογλωσσολογία και (νέα) μίντια: Προβληματισμοί από τη μελέτη ενός αγγλικού σχολείου (Ethnographic sociolinguistics and (new) media: issues from the study of a London school). The Languages of Mass Media Communication. (Ed. by Moschonas, S.) Special Issue of ΖητήματαΕπικοινωνίας 9 (Questions of Communication 9): 40-48.

(2008a, with Anna De Fina) Introduction: Narrative analysis in the shift from texts to practices. Special Issue of Text & Talk 28: 275-282.

(2008b, with Michael Bamberg) Small stories as a new perspective in narrative and identity analysis. Narrative Analysis in the Shift from Texts to Practices. (Ed by De Fina, A. & Georgakopoulou, A.) Special Issue of Text & Talk 28: 377-396.

(2008c, with Anna De Fina) Analysing narratives as practices. Narrative Methodologies: Subjects, Silences, Re-Readings and Analyses. (Ed. by Stanley, L. & Temple, B.) Special Issue of Journal of Qualitative Research 8: 379-387.

(2008d) ‘On MSN with buff boys’: Self- and other-identity claims in the context of small stories. Journal of Sociolinguistics 12: 597-626.

(2006a) The other side of the story: Towards a narrative analysis of narratives-in-interaction. Discourse Studies 8: 265-287.  

(2006b) Thinking big with small stories in narrative and identity analysis. Narrative – State of the Art. Special Issue of Narrative Inquiry 16: 129-137. ISSN 1387-6740. Reprinted in Bamberg, M. (ed.), Narrative – State of the Art. Current Topics 6. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 145-154. ISBN 978- 90-2722-236-7.]

(2006c) Postscript. Computer-mediated communication in sociolinguistics. Computer-mediated Communication and Sociolinguistics. Special Issue of Journal of Sociolinguistics 10: 528-557.  

(2005) Styling men and masculinities: Interactional and identity aspects at work. Language in Society 34: 163-184.

(2004a) ‘To tell or not to tell?’ Email stories between on and off-line interactions.

(2004b) Reflections on language-centered perspectives on Modern Greek society and culture. Kambos. Cambridge Papers in Modern Greek 12: 45-68. ISSN 1356­5109.

(2003) Shifting, contesting, and negotiating time and place in conversational narratives. Narrative Inquiry 13: 413-432.

(2002) Narrative and identity management: Discourse and social identities in a tale of tomorrow. Research on Language and Social Interaction 35: 427-451.

(2001) Arguing about the future: On indirect disagreements in conversations. Journal of Pragmatics 33: 1881-1900.

(2000a) On the sociolinguistics of popular cinema: Funny characters, funny voices. Journal of Modern Greek Studies 18: 119-133.

(2000b) Analytical positionings vis-à-vis narrative positioning. Commentary. Narrative Identity. Special Issue of Narrative Inquiry 10: 185-190.  

(2000c, with Dionysis Goutsos) Mapping the world of discourse: The narrative vs. non-narrative modes. Semiotica 131: 113-141.  

(2000d, with Dionysis Goutsos) Revisiting discourse boundaries: The narrative and non-narrative distinction. Text 20: 119-133.

(2000e, with Marianna Patrona) Disagreements in television discussions: How small can small screen arguments be? Pragmatics 10: 338-352.

(1998a) Conversational stories as performances: The case of Greek. Narrative Inquiry 8: 319-350.

(1998b, with Dionysis Goutsos) Conjunctions versus discourse markers in Greek: The interaction of frequency, positions, and functions in context. Linguistics 38: 887-917. 

(1997) Self-presentation and interactional alliances in e-mail discourse: The style- and code-switches of Greek messages. International Journal of Applied Linguistics 7: 141-164. ISSN 0802-6106.[Reprinted in Georgakopoulou, A. & Spanaki, M. (eds.), 2001. A Reader in Greek Sociolinguistics: Studies in Modern Greek Language, Culture and Communication. Oxford/Bern: Peter Lang. 303-332. ISBN 3-906764-89-3.]

(1996) The audience shaping of text-strategies in spoken discourse: Adults vs. children addressees and the case of Modern Greek. Journal of Pragmatics 25: 649-674.

(1995a) Narrative organisation and contextual constraints: The case of Modern Greek storytelling. Journal of Narrative and Life History 5: 161-189.

(1995b) Everyday spoken discourse in Modern Greek culture: Indexing through performance. Kambos. Cambridge Papers in Modern Greek 3: 15-44.

(1995c) Women, men and conversational narrative performances: Aspects of gender in Greek storytelling. Anthropological Linguistics 37: 460-486. 

(1994a) Contextualizing Modern Greek storytelling: The case of Historical Present and Constructed Dialogue. Journal of Modern Greek Studies 12: 203-219.

(1994b) Modern Greek oral narratives in context: Cultural constraints and evaluative ways of telling. Text 14: 371-399. 

[1] Each author sole-authored 1/3 of the book in the form of one very long chapter.


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