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I am currently Head of School for Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. Previously, I was Head of Language and Communication Studies, PPL Admissions Director, and Faculty-lead for Widening Participation.
Currently, I am Associate Professor in Sociolinguistics and am responsible for teaching several modules across the School. These include ‘Language and Society’, ‘Intercultural Communication across Borders’, 'Discourse and Power', and 'Discourse and Representation'.
In 2012, I completed my PhD in Egyptology at Swansea University, where I also taught on the BA Egyptian History course. My PhD thesis examined social relationships displayed in the Late Ramesside Letters from ancient Egypt using Facework and Politeness. In 2013, I was appointed as Visiting Professor of Egyptology at the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilizations (IHAC) at Northeast Normal University in China, where I taught Middle Egyptian, Late Egyptian, Coptic, and Egyptian Civilization to MA and PhD students. I have had research stays at the American University in Cairo, Leiden University and the FU Berlin. In 2014, I was appointed to my current role at UEA.
I manage and coordinate the Historical Politeness Network, which looks to promote politeness research in ancient languages and cultures. More details for this can be found at https://historicalpoliteness.com/
Key Research Interests
My current research examines linguistic manifestations of politeness and interpersonal dynamics in a broader range of Late Egyptian letters from the Egyptian New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Period. However, I am also interested in social dynamics and decorum, palaeography, semantics, epistolary texts from all periods, and female scribal tradition across the Near East. My research interests also cover Politeness Research more generally, Historical Pragmatics and translation practices.
I am happy to supervise PhD students in the following areas: historical politeness and socio-linguistics/pragmatics, Ancient Egyptian philology and culture, gender studies, politeness studies, semantics, and discourse analysis (SFL/CDA). I am also happy to supervise any intercultural communication-based PhD.
Doctor of Philosophy, Swansea University
Award Date: 1 Jan 2012
Master of Arts, Swansea University
Award Date: 1 Jan 2008
- 3 Finished
Establishing a Think German Network at the University of East Anglia
Embassy for the Federal Republic of Germany
1/06/16 → 31/12/16
Assessing Intervention Impact for Languages in School
Arts and Humanities Research Council
11/01/16 → 10/04/16
Talking to God: Conceptualizing an alternative politeness approach for the human/divine relationshipRidealgh, K., Jan 2021, In: Journal of Politeness Research. 17, 1, p. 61-78 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)11 Downloads (Pure)
Potestas and the language of power: Conceptualising an approach to Power and Discernment politeness in ancient languagesRidealgh, K. & Unceta Gómez, L., Dec 2020, In: Journal of Pragmatics. 170, p. 231-244 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Citation (Scopus)7 Downloads (Pure)
‘Look after him in the Night’: Exploring the linguistic manifestation of the father/son relationship dynamicRidealgh, K., 2020, Ein Kundiger der in die Gottesworte eingedrugen ist: Festschrift für den Ägyptologen Karl Jansen-Winkeln zum 65 Geburstag. Hsu, S-W., Laisney, V. P-M. & Moje, J. (eds.). Munster: Zaphon, p. 263-272 10 p. (Ägypten und Altes Testament (ÄAT)).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
‘Without you I am an Orphan’: Exploring Emotion and Interpersonal Pragmatics in the Late Ramesside LettersRidealgh, K., 2020, The Expression of Emotions in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Hsu, S-W. & Llop, J. (eds.). Brill, p. 126-143 18 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › ChapterOpen Access
Exploring politeness in ancient languagesRidealgh, K. (ed.), 2019, 2 ed. John Benjamins Publishing Company. (Journal of Historical Pragmatics)
Research output: Book/Report › Book