Assistant Professor
Head of the Linguistic Analysis of Media Discourse Research Group
International Exchange Coordinator for the Faculty of Humanities

Contact details:

Institute of Linguistics
University of Szczecin
al. Piastów 40B/5
71-065 Szczecin

Office: 209, Building 4, Tel. (office): +4891 444 26 31

Email: malgorzata.sokol (at)

PhD (linguistics) March 2008, University of Szczecin in Szczecin, Faculty of Philology
MA (English linguistics) June 1996, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Institute of English

Research interests:
Discourse analysis and Text linguistics, Critical discourse analysis, Computer-Mediated Communication and Computer-mediated discourse analysis, Social media and Social media discourse analysis, Genre analysis, Pragmatics, Corpus linguistics, Ecolinguistics

Publications (since 2004):

ORCID Nr: 0000-0003-3078-5702


2012 Discoursal Construction of Academic Identity in Cyberspace: The Example of An E-Seminar. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

Edited volumes:

2016 Ideological Battlegrounds – Constructions of Us and Them before and after 9/11. Volume 2: Perspectives in Language. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (co-editor Gonerko-Frej A.).

2014 Linguistics Across Culture 3. Hamburg: Verlag Dr Kovač.

2011 Us and Them – Them and Us: Constructions of the Other in Cultural Stereotypes. Aachen: Shaker Verlag (co-editor Gonerko-Frej A. et al).

2010 Perspectives on Othering and Stereotyping. Language, Literature, Culture. Szczecin: Print Group.

Journal articles:

2019 “‘Luckily, she’s alive’: Narratives of vicarious experience told by Polish doctors”. Journal of Pragmatics 152: 76-88, (co-authored with Agnieszka Sowińska; available online March 2018).

2018 “‘Have you wondered why sportspeople die?’ The medical weblog as a popularisation tool”. Discourse, Context & Media 25: 13-24,

2014 “The Polish School of Argumentation: A Manifesto.” Argumentation 28(3): 267-282 (co-authored with Budzynska K. et al).

2005 “Defining a virtual community: sociological considerations.” Annales Neophilologiarum 2: 187-195.

2005 “Computer-Mediated Communication situations as media of group interaction.” Annales Neophilologiarum 1: 255-264.

Book chapters:

(In print): “Knowledge and identity construction in weblogs by healthcare practitioners: The study of epistemic predicates.” In: Erdem Akbas, Çiler Hatipoğlu (eds.) Metadiscourse and engagement in non-academic discourses. Lexington Books.

2019 “‘Tetanus? Who cares about tetanus?’: Audience engagement and co-participation in medical blogs.” In: Emilia Di Martino, David Banks (eds.) Specialized Discourses and their Readerships. Singapore: Springer, The M.A.K. Halliday Library Functional Linguistics Series, pp. 101-125.

2018 “Modality and the construction of academic voices in the blogosphere.” In: Maria Brenda (ed.) Linguistics Across Culture 4. Hamburg: Verlag Dr Kovač, pp. 133-151.

2017 “Constructing knowledge and professional identity in social media academic discourse: The study of epistemic predicates in weblogs.” In: Grzegorz Kowalski / Karolina Broś (eds.) Discourse Studies – Ways and Crossroads. Insights into Cultural, Diachronic and Generic Issues in the Discipline. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp. 111-130.

2016 “Introduction.” In: Anna Gonerko-Frej / Małgorzata Sokół (eds.) Ideological Battlegrounds – Constructions of Us and Them before and after 9/11. Volume 2: Perspectives in Language. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 1-6 (co-authored with Anna Gonerko-Frej).

2015 “The academic weblog as a social networking genre.” In: Anna Duszak / Grzegorz Kowalski (eds.) Academic Inter-genres: between Texts, Contexts and Identities. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, pp. 189-214.

2014 “The academic weblog as a semiperipheral genre.” In: Karen Bennett (ed.) The Semi-Periphery of Academic Writing: Discourses, Communities and Practices. Houndsmills, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 221-239.

2014 “Constructing a community on a computer games forum: A semiotic perspective.” In: Małgorzata Sokół (ed.) Linguistics Across Culture 3. Hamburg: Verlag Dr Kovač, pp. 167-183.

2012 “Metadiscourse and the construction of the author’s voices in the blogosphere: Academic weblogs as a form of self-promotion.” In: Sandra Campagna / Giuliana Garzone / Cornelia Ilie / Elizabeth Rowley-Jolivet (eds.) Evolving Genres in Web-mediated Communication. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 265-287.

2012 “Re-evaluation of the past in electronic discourse: Attitude and engagement on a WWI  and WWII forum.” In: Dorota Guttfeld / Monika Linke /Agnieszka Sowińska (eds.) Re-Visions of History in Language and Fiction. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 190-207.

2011 “Othering in the times of an economic slowdown: Attitudinal and dialogistic positioning on a Polish stock exchange forum.” In: Anna Gonerko-Frej et al (eds.) Us and Them – Them and Us: Constructions of the Other in Cultural Stereotypes. Aachen: Shaker Verlag, pp. 511-528.

2010 “Questions and the authors’ self-presentation in academic electronic discourse.” In: Ewa Komorowska / Katarzyna Kondzioła-Pich / Ewa Panter (eds.) Komunikacja międzyludzka. Leksyka. Semantyka. Pragmatyka. Szczecin:, pp. 235-241.

2009 „Repertuar podgatunków mowy forum internetowego w perspektywie genologii lingwistycznej.” [The sub-generic repertoire of the Internet forum. The perspective of linguistic genealogy] In: Danuta Ulicka (ed.) Tekst (w) sieci. [Text (in) the net] Warsaw: Wydawnictwa Akademickie i Profesjonalne: pp. 199-208.

2008 “Authorial presence through modality choices in academic e-discourse. A diachronic perspective.” In: Urszula Okulska / Grzegorz Kowalski (eds.) Discourse Variation Across Communities, Cultures and Times. Warszawa: Wydawnictwo ILS UW, pp. 59-79.

2007 “Private self and institutional self in academic e-discourse: the case of an electronic seminar.” In: Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk / Tomasz Płudowski / Dolores Valencia Tanno (eds.) The Media and International Communication. Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang, pp. 391-405.

2007 „Interakcyjność elektronicznych gatunków mowy.” [Interactivity of digital genres] In: Grzegorz Szpila (ed.) Język polski XXI wieku: analizy, oceny, perspektywy. [The Polish language of the 21st century: analyses, evaluations, perspectives] Cracow: Tertium, pp. 155-163.

2006 “Genre analysis and digital communication: New approaches to genre theory.” In: Anna Duszak / Urszula Okulska (eds.) Bridges and Barriers in Metalinguistic Discourse. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 167-180.

2006 „Komunikacja elektroniczna a ewolucja gatunków mowy: repertuar gatunków mowy emaila.” [Digital communication and genre evolution: the generic repertoire of email] In: Jan Mazur / Małgorzata Rzeszutko-Iwan (eds.) Teksty kultury – oblicza komunikacji XXI wieku 1. [Texts of culture – faces of the communication in the 21st century 1] Lublin: Wydawnictwo UMSC, pp. 175-186.

2005 “Academic identity construction in e-discussion lists: A case study.” In: Giuseppina Cortese / Anna Duszak (eds.) Identity, Community, Discourse: English in Intercultural Settings. Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 321-344.

2005 “Epistemic modality in scholarly e-discourse: A preliminary study.” In: Ewa Komorowska / Agnieszka Krzanowska (eds.) Świat Słowian w Języku i Kulturze VI. Szczecin: Wydawnictwo US, pp. 240-245.

2004 “Towards an identity of an academic virtual community. A discourse community approach.” In: Anna Duszak / Urszula Okulska (eds.) Speaking from the Margin: Global English from a European Perspective. Frankfurt am Main-New York: Peter Lang, pp. 91-103.