Lara Portmann, MA


Department of English

Postal Address
Department of English
Länggassstr. 49
CH – 3012 Bern

Lara Portmann is a PhD candidate and assistant in Language and Communication. Her PhD project concerns the language work of so-called UX (“user experience”) writers, those professional language workers typically responsible for designing the verbal texts people see when interacting with websites, mobile apps, and other software. This project, closely affiliated with the SNSF-funded project “Elite Creativities” (led by Prof. Thurlow), seeks to provide a critical sociolinguistic understanding of a new domain of (elite) language work, namely UX writing, and entails a particular concern for how UX writers explicitly and implicitly design audiences when conceiving and crafting software interface texts.

Research Interests

language work/ers; critical sociolinguistics; language/semiotic ideologies; digital discourse studies; interface texts; cultural politics of technology; discourse ethnography