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Dr Diana ben-Aaron


Dr. Diana ben-Aaron holds a PhD in English linguistics from the University of Helsinki and an MS in journalism from Columbia University. She reported financial and technology news from Helsinki, Finland from 2007 to 2012 as a foreign correspondent for the Bloomberg News wire service. She has taught discourse analysis, linguistics and translation as a lecturer at the University of Tampere and at the University of Helsinki, and was a Fulbright graduate grantee at the latter. She got her start in journalism by writing for Technology Review while studying engineering and science writing as an undergraduate at MIT. Her research interests include the evolution of news genres, news interviewing, immigrant and minority community news, the management of attention, and the discourse of entrepreneurship.

Modules taught

Academic Writing

Critical Language Studies

Digital Textuality

Professional Writing Practice

Dissertation in English

Selected publications and conference papers:

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2014) 'New media as text colonies.' British Association for Applied Linguistics. September. University of Warwick.

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2014) 'Voicing the curious county in BBC radio talk.' Sociolinguistics Symposium 20. June. University of Jyväskylä.

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2013) 'Grunts from Charlie Rose: a multidimensional approach to backchanneling.' September. Language in the Media 5. Queen Mary, University of London.

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2012) 'Like being in a rock concert: affiliative Appraisal in a live-tweeted event.' July. 24th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop. University of Coventry.

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2008)  'Open courseware, hidden curriculum: the ideational/interpersonal disconnect in engineering teaching.' 20th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop. June. University of Helsinki.

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2006) 'In the middle of the Atlantic without a dialect map: when mobile English speakers restyle.'  Sociolinguistics Symposium 16. July. University of Limerick.

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2006) 'Gaze and glance in news-dense environments.' Talous ja kieli (Business and Language) seminar. April. Helsinki School of Economics. 

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2005) 'Given and News: evaluation in newspaper stories about national anniversaries.' TEXT 25-5, special issue on anniversaries and marking accomplishments over time. 691-718.

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2005) Given and News: Media Discourse and the Construction of Community on National Days. Pragmatics, Ideology and Contacts Monographs 4. University of Helsinki. 

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2005) 'What's new in news values.' Ninth International Pragmatics Conference. July. Riva del Garda.

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2004) 'Kansallispäivä diskurssina (National holidays as a discourse).' In Terttu Nevalainen et al, Englannin aika: Elävän kielen kartoitusta. Helsinki: WSOY. 207-211.

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2004) '"I'd like to ask you a few questions": generic and institutional determinants of appropriateness in police-civilian interactions in TV crime dramas.' International Conference on Language, Politeness and Gender. September. University of Helsinki.
  • ben-Aaron, D. (2002) 'Selling the euro to a captive audience.' Conference on Image and Ideology in the Media. August. University of Aalborg.

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2001) 'Everything s gradable: the changing nature of intensifiers.' In Ville Laakso et al., eds., Postcards, implicitness and constructions (Festschrift for Jan-Ola Östman). Helsinki. 374-388.

  • ben-Aaron, D. (2000) 'Authorship and responsibility.' European Society for Studies of English. August. Helsinki.

  • ben-Aaron, D. (1999) 'Headless Body in Topless Bar: Through the years with American headlines.' Fourth English Department Week. March.  University of Helsinki.