Room: E857


I received a PhD in linguistics from the Department of English at Stockholm University in 2016. The project was partly funded from a grant provided by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation and used corpus and experimental evidence to analyze and distinguish between two closely connected coherence relations of Result and Purpose.

My research interests include pragmatics, discourse analysis and corpus linguistics. Most recently, I was awarded the two-year postdoctoral scholarship for the project ‘Impoliteness in Digital Communication: Pragmatics of Verbal Behavior in Online Interactions’. The aim of the project is to investigate how intentionally aggressive verbal behavior and hate speech, defined in terms of the theoretical pragmatic notion of impoliteness, are both produced and perceived by language users and what purposes they may serve among members of different digital communities on the internet. I am interested in exploring how the development of digital technologies, aided by devices as well users and their input, creates powerful opportunities, but also raises important questions regarding integrity and safety. More specifically, I am interested in how digital communication, together with the growing openness and culture of participation, generate concerns about internet users and their behavior, affect their online practices, and even ‘create’ them as internet personae. Rooted in Pragmatics and Computer-Mediated Discourse Analysis, my project comprises corpus investigations of discussions and conflict on both English and Swedish social media platforms, opinion-asking experimentation and hands-on approaches at the intersection of linguistics, discourse analysis, culture and sociology.


Andersson, M. (2021). The climate of climate change: impoliteness as a hallmark of homophily in YouTube comment threads on Greta Thunberg’s environmental activism. Journal of Pragmatics, 178, 93-107. Open Access

Andersson, M. and Sundberg, R. (2021). Subjectivity (re)visited: A corpus study of English forward causal connectives in different domains of spoken and written language. Discourse Processes. Open Access

Andersson, M. (2019). A corpus and experimental investigation of English causal connectives. In: I. Recio, I. and O. Loureda (Eds.) Methodological Approaches to Discourse Markers. John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Andersson, M., Ozturel, A. and Pareti, S. (2016). Annotating Topic Development in Information Seeking Queries. Proceedings of the 10th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, May 2016, Portorož, Slovenia, pp. 1755-1761. ​Open Access (pdf)

Andersson, M. (2016). The Architecture of Result relations. Corpus and experimental approaches to Result coherence relations in English. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Stockholm University, Sweden. Abstract (pdf)

Andersson, M. and Spenader, J. (2014). Result and Purpose relations with and without ‘so’. Lingua, 1481-27.

Andersson, M. (2009). ‘I know that women don’t like me!’. Presuppositions in therapeutic discourse. Journal of Pragmatics, (41), 4, pp. 721-737.


Andersson, M. (2020, accepted). Impoliteness in the Swedish Television Facebook discussion threads – the case of COVID-19. The Second International Conference on Internet Pragmatics - NetPra2, Helsinki, Finland, October 2020.

Andersson, M. (2018). Overlaps in text annotation. Spring Meeting of TextLink. Session on Discourse Relations Parsing, May 2018, London, the U.K.

Andersson, M., Ozturel, A. and Pareti, S. (2016). Annotating Topic Development in Information Seeking Queries. Poster at the 10th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference,  May 2016, Portorož, Slovenia.

Andersson, M. (2015). A corpus and experimental investigation of Result coherence relation markers. Paper presented in the panel 'Discourse Markers and Experimental Pragmatics' at 14th International Pragmatics Conference, Antwerp, Belgium.

Andersson. M. (2014). Subjectivity of the Result coherence relations. Paper presented at International Conference on Evidentiality and Modality in European Languages (EMEL 2014) at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

Andersson, M. (2013). Empirical investigation of the Result coherence relations. Paper presented in the masterclass for advanced PhD students at LOT Winter School, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, the Netherlands.

Andersson, M. and Spenader, J. (2011). Result, Purpose, Reason - so what? Poster presented at T-Prag2011 (Theoretical Pragmatics Conference) at Humboldt University, Berlin. Berlin poster (pdf)

Andersson, M. (2010). Synonymy of result adverbials. Paper presented at the SKY (The Linguistic Association of Finland) symposium "Re-thinking synonymy: semantic sameness and similarity in languages and their description", Helsinki, Finland.

Andersson, M. (2009). Adverbial connectors as constructions. Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference of the Swedish Association for Language and Cognition (SALC), Stockholm University, Sweden.

Andersson, M. (2007). Meaning and textual prominence of discourse markers. Paper presented at the 10th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland.

Andersson, M. (2006). Pragmatics of presuppositions in therapeutic discourse. Paper presented at the V International Conference of the Spanish Association for Cognitive Linguistics (AELCO), held the University of Murcia, Spain.

Andersson, M. (2006). Presuppositions in therapeutic and spoken discourse. Paper presented at the International Conference and Constituting Meeting of the Swedish Cognitive Linguistics Association, Umeå University, Sweden.