I am engaged in research in the fields of cognitive linguistics, media linguistics, critical discourse analysis, multimodal communication analysis of Russian and international media. My interests range from viewpoint construction in media discourse and multimodal communication, analysis of metaphor, counter-factuality, irony, parody, and humour to the use of cognitive linguistic methods in interdisciplinary research and interdisciplinary learning in social sciences and humanities.
I have been engaged in teaching language, cognitive linguistics, discourse analysis, multimodal communication analysis, culture and literature at undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 1994. I am currently teaching REES courses 'Russian language, culture, and society' at postgraduate level. My recent teaching-related projects include:
2016: TDEP (University of Oxford) award for the project: 'Research Methods for Multimodal Communication and Discourse Analyses (January-July 2017) (£10,000)
2012: “Reading, Comprehension and Translation Strategies for Advanced Learners of Russian: Working with Media for Research Purposes”, funded by CEELBAS language/linguistic project grant (£14,000).
2012: “Expansion of REES Language Training: East European Languages”, funded by CEELBAS language/linguistic project grant (£5,000).
2009: “Productive Language for Fieldwork Training: Russian”, funded by CEELBAS language/linguistic project grant (£5,000).
2009: “Applying Innovative Methods and Techniques to Teaching Russian at REES: A Cognitive View”, funded by CEELBAS language/linguistic project grant (£5,000).
Pleshakova, A. (2014), Strike, Accident, Risk, and Counterfactuality: Hidden Meanings of the Post-Soviet Russian News Discourse of the Nineties via Conceptual Blending. Language and Cognition: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language and Cognitive Science. Vol. 6, issue 3, September 2014, pp. 301-306. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Pleshakova, A. (2010), Werewolves in Epaulettes, in: F. Parril, V. Tobin, M. Turner (eds.). ‘Meaning, Form, and Body’. CSLI, Stanford. 2010.