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A.Mus.A, BA (Hons), MA, PhD, LLB, FHEA

Research interests

I am currently in the process of moving from research on the language of money and debt to the language of waste. Both projects focus on the language used by or to 'ordinary' people in order to better understand human culture, communication and relationships with the world.

My previous research dealt with human rights, the body and language. This work provides an answer to the quest for a universal foundation for human rights. I have also conducted some research on spoken signs and past work includes research in the fields of HIV/AIDS and quality of life, globalisation and marginal religious movements. 

I welcome research proposals on any of the above. I'd be particularly interested in the analysis of anything  related to money and financial inequality.

Professional affiliations

International Association for the Semiotics of Law

British Association of Applied Linguistics



I have previously taught

English in its Social Context (Sociolinguistics)

Language and Gender

Sexist Language

Language and Power

Forensic Linguistics


Research Output

Rituals about the Skin: Comments on pimple popping videos

Mooney, A., 6 Oct 2020, In : Social Semiotics.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

A fool and his money are soon parted: A critical examination of credit card websites

Mooney, A., 19 Sep 2019, In : Russian Journal of Linguistics. 23, 3, p. 642-658

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Games that People Play: Capitalism as a game

Mooney, A., 28 Nov 2019, (Accepted/In press) Meaning, Life and Culture: In Conversation with Anna Wierzbicka. ANU Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Language, Society and Power: An Introduction

Mooney, A., 5 Nov 2018, 5th ed. Routledge. 298 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

The Language of Money: Proverbs and Practices

Mooney, A., 26 Apr 2018, Routledge. 240 p. (Routledge Research in Language and Communication)

Research output: Book/ReportBook


Parliamentary Discourse on Sexuality over a Period of Legislative Change: 1986-2005

Author: Mariat, K., 22 Jul 2017

Supervisor: Omoniyi, B. (Supervisor) & Mooney, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Representations of Ageing in a selection of women’s magazines: a textual and semiotic analysis

Author: Soden, S. R., 25 Nov 2009

Supervisor: Mooney, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


What the women have to say: women’s perspectives on language, identity and nation in Catalonia

Author: Iveson, M., 12 Apr 2017

Supervisor: Mooney, A. (Supervisor), Anton-Carrillo, M. E. (Supervisor) & Hamilton, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis