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Name: Stephen  Pihlaja (IPA: Stephen Pihlaja)
Institution: Newman University
Email: click here to access email
State and/or Country: West Midlands
United Kingdom   
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Specialty: Stylistics, Religious Discourse, Metaphor Theory, Computer Mediated Communication
Subject Language(s): English
Selected Publications: Pihlaja, Stephen. (2015) Analysing YouTube interaction: a discourse-centred approach. In Shakkour, S. and E. Arweck (eds.) ‘Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion’. London: Bloomsbury.

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2015) Expressing pleasure and avoiding engagement in online adult video comment sections. Language & Sexuality.

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2015) Freedom to offend: When is Free Speech Hate Speech? The Revealer. Available online at:

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2014) 'Christians' and 'bad Christians': Categorization in atheist user talk on YouTube. Text & Talk 34/5: 623-639

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2014) Antagonism on YouTube: Metaphor in Online Discourse. London: Bloomsbury

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2014) The Development of 'Drama' in YouTube Discourse. In Page, R., Barton, D., Unger, J.W., and M. Zappavigna (eds.) 'Researching Language and Social Media: A Student Guide' (pg. 35-36). London: Routledge.

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2013) Truck stops and fashion shows: A case study of the discursive construction of Evangelical Christian group identity on YouTube. In Herbert, D. and M. Gillespie. (eds.) 'Social Media and Religious Change' (pgs. 165–184). Berlin: De Gruyter.

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2013) ‘It’s all red ink’: the interpretation of Biblical metaphor among Evangelical Christian YouTube users. Language and Literature 22/2: 103–117.

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2011) Cops, popes, and garbage collectors: Metaphor and antagonism in an atheist/Christian YouTube video thread. Language@Internet, 8, article 1. Available online at:

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2011) ‘Are you religious or are you saved?’: Investigating membership categorisation in religious discussions on YouTube. Fieldwork in Religion 6/1: 27-46.

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2010) The Pope of YouTube: Metaphor and Misunderstanding in Atheist-Christian YouTube Dialogue. The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue 3: 25–35. Available online at:

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2009) One's loss, another's gain: The challenges of translating “I” in Japanese academic texts. The Translation Journal 13/1. Available online at:

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2008) Caught in the middle: Grammar, textbooks, and the Japanese high school. The School House 16/3: 46–55. Available online at:

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2008) ''Would you like to dance with me, Miwa?'': Gender roles and the EFL text. The School House, 16/1: 2–11. Available online at:

Pihlaja, Stephen. (2007) Watch out! The corpus, verb usage and non-native teachers of English. Teachers Helping Teachers Proceedings 2007: 93–103. Available online at:
Announced on LINGUIST :  Antagonism on Youtube
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Antagonism on Youtube
Courses Taught: Introduction to Language & Literature
Analysing Text & Talk
Language, Society, and Power
Metaphor in Literature, Language, and Thought
Reviewer of: Finding Metaphor in Grammar and Usage (LL Issue 21.556)

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