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Argyro Kantara  BA, MA, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Dr Argyro Kantara



Lecturer in Language and Linguistics, Teacher in Translation and Interpreting

+44 29225 14626
66a Park Place, Room PGR Suite, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
John Percival Building, Floor 3, Room 3.41, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU


I am an Applied Linguist (PhD Cardiff, MSc Open, MA Huddersfield) and have been trained as an ESOL teacher (MSc in TESP Aston, RSA/Cambridge DOTE), translator (Translation Dip) and I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I have pubished in the fields of elections and campaigns, intercultural communication, journalism, professional discourse and impoliteness. I have worked as a freelance translator and translated two tourist guides (English to Greek) and educational material (Greek to English) for the Greek National Center of Vocational Guidance (EKEP).












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My research interests lie broadly in the areas of professional communication (politics, media, classroom discourse), conversation and discourse analysis. I am currently investigating how multimodality may be exhibited in interactional mainstream populism and would be interested to further explore the use of multimodality in interaction in professional settings.




I am currently teaching Introductory Modules to Linguistics and Discourse Analysis at UG level and modules related to Language Learning and Teaching at UG and PG level in ENCAP. I am also the conveyor of an EAP module for Erasmus students in MLANG.

As an hourly paid lecturer, I have taught the following modules: Understanding Communication (Cardiff University), Language in Society, Language, Power and Ideology, Communication and the Workplace (University of South Wales). I have worked as a postgraduate seminar tutor in the following modules: Introduction to Language, Introduction to Media Communication, Language and the Mind, Understanding Communication, How Language Works I & II, Reading and Writing in the Digital Age (Cardiff University).

I have taught EAP modules for PG students in pre-sessional courses in the UK and EFL/ESP courses in Greece.

I have worked at IST College, Greece, as Head of English Language Programmes, Co-ordinator of the English Language, Communication and Literature Programme and lecturer in the following modules: Language and Mind, Introduction to Language and Communication, Issues in English, Meaning and Interpretation.




I have studied Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and English Language and Literature at the Kapodistrian University of Athens. I have completed an MSc in Teaching English for Specific Purposes at Aston University, an MSc in Social Research Methods at Open University and an MA in English at Huddersfied University. In 2018 I was awarded a PhD in Language and Communication from Cardiff University.





Honours and awards

Won an Exemplary Research Supervisor Award in the UWTSD Nexus Learning and Teaching Awards Ceremony (Swansea 2023).

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Academic positions

2023- present: Lecturer in Language and Linguistics, School of English, Communicaton and Philosophy, Cardiff Univrsity

2021-2022: Teaching Associate, School of English Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University

2021, 2022: EAP tutor (pre-sessional courses) Nottingham University

2020-present: External Postgraduate Research Supervisor, Institute of Education and Humanities, University of Wales, Trinity Saint David

2019-present: University Teacher, Cardiff School of Modern Languages

2019: University Teacher in Language and Communication, Cardiff University

2018: Hourly Paid Lecturer in English, University of South Wales

2013-2018: Postgraduate Tutor, Cardiff University

2005-2009: Lecturer in Linguistics and TESOL, IST College, Athens, Greece

1995-2012: EFL/ESP teacher in various language schools and colleges in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece

Speaking engagements

1.  (2018) Populism as Greek mainstream politician’s political style, Political Discourse - Multidisciplinary Approaches #2: New discourses of populism and nationalism, Edinburgh Napier University, UK

  1. (2017) Laughter as rhetorical device in political interviews, in the Political Humour as Social Action panel, 15th International Pragmatics Association Conference, Belfast, Nothern Ireland
  2. (2017) Populism as mainstream politicians’ style: repositioning populism from the margins to the core, in the Left, right or in the middle? At the margins or at the core? Questioning the categorization of populism panel, Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference: Activism, Populism and the Future of the Democratic State, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
  3. (2016) Impression management in Greek pre-election interviews, in the Socio-Economic Crisis, Info-Communication Culture and Social-Media power panel, 3rd ISA (International Sociological Association) Forum on Sociology, “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World”, University of Vienna (Universität Wien), Austria
  4. (2015) Politicians changing the rules of the game in (Greek) political interviews, Political Discourse: Multidisciplinary Approaches, University College London, UK
  5. (2014) Hearing non-neutral: Listening practices in (hybrid) pre-election interviews, Hybridity and the News: Hybrid Forms of Journalism in the 21st century, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium
  6. (2014) When journalists laugh: neutralism and adversarialness in pre-election interviews, 22nd Ross Priory International Seminar on Broadcast Talk, Brest, Britanny, France.
  7. (2013) Neutralism revisited: What form is it taking? 5th International Language in the Media Conference: Redefining Journalism: participation, practice, change, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  8. (2011) Indexing in Fairy Tales: Evidence for the Role Fairy Tales Play in Children’s Concept formation, 1st Interdisciplinary Linguistics Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast, Nothern Ireland
  9. (2011) Who won in Seattle? Critical Discourse Analysis of two articles that appeared in the British Press on December 1999 concerning the future of globalization, Spectres of Class, University of Chester, UK
  10. (2011) Modality/Hedging in Sherlock Holmes’ direct speech as indicators of Politeness, 6th International Symposium on Politeness, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey
  11. (2010) Adversarial Challenges and responses in Greek Political Interviews. A Case Study, Third International Conference, Critical Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines (CADAAD), University of Lodz, Poland.
  12. (2010) Impoliteness Strategies in House, M.D, 5th International Symposium on Politeness, University of Basel, Switzerland
  13. (2009) Issues of Cross-Cultural interruption in a multicultural group, Linguistic Impoliteness and Rudeness II Conference, Lancaster University, UK
  14. (2008) What motivates teachers inspires learners, 29th TESOL Greece Annual Convention, Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece


Invited lectures/Public talks


1.      (2015) Adversarial challenges and responses in Greek pre-election interviews: is the norm of neutralism changing? Cardiff PUBlic Uni, Chapter Arts Center, Cardiff, UK

2.      (2019) Mainstream populism as a collaborative achievement in broadcast media. Teach out event, organised by the UCU Cardiff Branch, Cathays Community Center, Cardiff ,UK

3.      (2020) Carrying out research from ’within’: challenges and opportunities. Language Studies Research Seminar, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Camarthen, UK.

4.   (2023) Discussant in the "Twittering the War: Herodotus, Thucydides, and War in Ukraine on Social Media" Cross-Disciplinary Event: Building Communities, Cardiff University, UK


Committees and reviewing

Editorial board member of the International Journal of Applied Linguistics and Translation

Member of the editorial team of the Greek Politics Journal

Reviewer for the Journal of Pragmatics 

Reviewer for the Journal of Politeness Research

Reviewer for Frontiers in Communication, Political Communication and Society

Reviewer for the Journal of Appied Linguistics and Professinal Practice


I have supervised UG dissertations in areas such as: Dyslexia and TEFL, Teaching Productive Skills to Young Learners, Discourse Analysis of Advertisements, and Language Disorders in Aphasic patients, IST College, Greece.

I have supervised MA dissertations in areas such as: critical discourse analysis, (interaction in) forensic discourse, language of social media, penal populism. Twice I have contributed to the MA Research Experience Module (Cardiff University).

I am currently supervising Prof Doc theses at the UWTSD in areas such as: multimodality and translation, gender and translation, literary translation, use of metaphors in economic news, gendered classroom interaction, academic discourse analysis, intercultural communication competence.