Dr Matthew Voice

School of English

Teaching Associate in Linguistic Approaches to Literature and Text

English Matthew Voice
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Dr Matthew Voice
School of English
Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

I am a Teaching Associate in Linguistic Approaches to Literature and Text, teaching across a range of language and linguistics modules. Prior to joining the department here, I was a lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool and De Montfort University. I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2018, which was generously funded by the Wolfson Foundation.

Research interests

My research interests sit at the intersection between critical and literary linguistics, which I approach primarily from a cognitive linguistic perspective. My PhD thesis explored the language used by soldiers to describe their performance of acts of violence, using frameworks from Critical Discourse Analysis and Cognitive Poetics to develop a systematic discussion of the discursive construction of agency, intentionality, and responsibility. My recent chapter in New Directions in Cognitive Grammar and Style continues along this theme, seeking to explain how the distinction between intentional and unintentional actions can be modelled within Cognitive Grammar for the purposes of critical and literary analysis.

My current research continues to explore military language through linguistic analysis of the discourses of and around drone warfare. I helped to organize the Aesthetics of Drone Warfare conference held at Sheffield in February 2020, where I presented forthcoming work on the role of deixis in identity construction in drone operators’ autobiographical narratives.

I am also interested in language and cognition more generally, including in multimodal contexts. In 2019, I co-authored a paper with Dr Sara Whiteley which explored the disconnect between lyrical meaning and listener interpretation of the song ‘Hey Ya!’ by Outkast, and I remain interested in the emergence and development of musical and other multimodal stylistic approaches.


Journal articles


  • Voice M (2020) Modelling Intentionality in Cognitive Grammar In Giovanelli M, Harrison C & Nuttall L (Ed.), New Directions in Cognitive Grammar and Style (pp. 135-154). London: Bloomsbury. RIS download Bibtex download

Book reviews

  • Voice M () Stories, Meaning, and Experience: Narrativity and Enaction by Yanna B Popova, 2015. London: Routledge, pp. 200. ISBN 978041571588. Language and Literature. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching activities

I teach across a number of undergraduate modules for English Language and Linguistics and English Language and Literature, including ELL113: The Structure of English, EGH202: The History of Persuasion, and EGH321: Dialect in Literature and Film.