Key Research Interests

Sara Vilar-Lluch is a PhD student in Linguistics at the University of East Anglia with an academic background in Philosophy (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Her main research areas are Systemic Functional Linguistics, Appraisal Theory and (Critical) Discourse Analysis; she is also interested in the study of metaphor. In her PhD, she examines the representations of ADHD and the diagnosed individuals in the psychiatric, educational, political and family institutional discourses, and considers the presence of any (linguistic) interference between the different social spheres.

Thesis title (provisional): “ADHD representation in institutional discourse and the social construction of identity”.

Supervisors: Dr. Gabrina Pounds and Professor Andreas Musolff


Vilar-Lluch, S. (2017) “ADHD defining discourse: An approach to the DSM-V from a Critical Discourse Analysis perspective, PiLaCS (Working paper).

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