School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Elvis Coimbra Gomes


Research - PhD | Linguistics Support Assistant



Elvis is a PhD researcher, funded by the ESRC’s LISS DTP and the Zdenek & Michaela Bakala Foundation. His research focuses on how people who suffer from a pathological doubt about their sexual/gender identity and romantic relationships (these are sub-types of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) use language in online forums. He triangulates corpus-assisted discourse analysis with online ethnographic approaches (netnography) to understand how sufferers' identities are discursively regulated by certain normative beliefs about sexuality, gender and love. He is equally interested in exploring how sufferers metaphorically conceptualize their struggle between their self and their intrusive thoughts that make them doubt their identity.

Supervisors: Erez Levon (QMUL) and Olivia Knapton (KCL)


Research Interests:

  • corpus linguistics
  • (critical) discourse analysis
  • (online) ethnography
  • computer-mediated health communication
  • gender/queer studies
  • cognitive linguistics (esp. conceptual metaphor theory)
  • language attitudes



Coimbra-Gomes, E. & Motschenbacher, H. (2019). Language, Normativity and Sexual Orientation Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (SO-OCD): A Corpus-Assisted Discourse Analysis. Language in Society 48(4): 565-584.