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Janet Ho

Associate Professor & Head

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 2616 7805

  • Biography

    Janet Ho’s research foci are metaphors and discursive representation of social actors. She is interested in uncovering impositions of power, exploitation, and stigmatisation in media and social media discourses. Her recent publications have appeared in reputed journals including Metaphor and Symbol, Discourse Studies, and Discourse, Context, and Media.

    Janet Ho has more than 10 years of teaching experience at local universities, in addition to her volunteer teaching in Beijing, Inner Mongolia, and Krakow. She was a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Research in English, University of Birmingham, in 2010. She also completed her Cambridge TEFL Certificate in 2013.

  • Academic & Professional Qualifications
    • PG Cert in International Affairs (King's College London)
    • Cambridge Cert. TEFL
    • BA, PhD (PolyU)

  • Teaching Experience
    • Associate Professor, Department of English, Lingnan University (2022 – present)

    • Assistant Professor, Department of English, Lingnan University (2018 – 2022)
    • Senior Lecturer, Department of English, Lingnan University (2016 – 2018)
    • Lecturer, Department of English, Lingnan University (2014 – 2016)
    • Visiting Lecturer, Department of English, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (2011-2014)
    • Tutor, School of Arts and Social Science, The Open University of Hong Kong (2011-2014)

  • Areas of Interest
    • Metaphor studies

    • Discourse analysis

    • Corpus linguistics

  • Courses Taught
    • ENG3103 Analyzing English Grammar

    • ENG3203 Discourse Analysis

    • ENG3378 Words - Their Form and Meaning

    • ENG4301 Final Year Project

  • Selected Publications

    Journal articles and book chapters

    • Ho, J., & Gu, J. P. (2023). Small stories of a key moment: Exploring discursive construction in digital quarantine stories. Discourse Studies. DOI: (ahead of print)
    • Gu, J. P., and Ho, J. (2023). Anti-Black sentiments in Chinese Weibo discourse: a critical discourse historical analysis. Social Semiotics. (ahead of print)
    • Ho, J., & Sewell, A. (2023). Exploring mediated representations of migrant domestic workers in the Chinese-language media in Hong Kong. Ethnicities.  DOI: (ahead of print)
    • Ho, J. (2022). #FleeingWuhan: Legitimation and Delegitimation Strategies in Hostile Online Discourse. Applied Linguistics. DOI: (ahead of print)
    • Ho, J. (2022). Evading the Lockdown: Animal Metaphors and Dehumanization in Virtual Space. Metaphor and Symbol, 37(1), 21-38.
    • Ho, J., & Chiang, E. (2022). 'Those lunatic zombies’: The discursive framing of Wuhan lockdown escapees in digital space. In A. Musolff, R. Breeze, S. Vilar-Lluch, & K. Kondo (Eds.), Pandemic and Crisis Discourse: Communicating COVID-19 and Public Health Strategy (pp.484-508). London: Bloomsbury.
    • Ho, J., & Chiu, M. M. (2022). Media portroyals of the Hong Kong Occupy Central Movement's social actors: Multilevel and critical discourse analysis. Journal of Language and Politics, 21(1), 81-116.
    • Ho, J. (2021). Metaphors, powerlessness and online aggression: How Wuhan lockdown escapees were dehumanised during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict. DOI:
    • Ho, J. (2021). “Hope it’s not just the honeymoon phase”: Online discursive portrayals of migrant domestic helpers. Text & Talk. DOI:
    • Ho, J. (2021). Purposeful life or sugar-coated lies: how Elizabeth Homes legitimised her fraud. Language & Communication 77, 106-120. DOI:
    • Ho, J. (2021). "I found what I felt like I was born to do": Exploring corporate legitimacy through video interviews with Elizabeth Holmes. Discourse, Context & Media 39. DOI:
    • Ho, J. (2020). “She Starts Breakdancing, I Swear!”: Metaphor, Framing, and Digital Pregnancy Discussions. Metaphor and Symbol, 35(3), 171-187. DOI:
    • Ho, J. (2020). Gamifying the flipped classroom: how to motivate Chinese ESL learners. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 14(5), 421-435. DOI:
    • Ho, J. (2020). Discursive representations of domestic helpers in cyberspace. Discourse Studies 22(1), 48-63.
    • Ho, J. (2019). Heroes or criminals: discursive representation of cancer patients in health awareness advertisements. Visual Communication. DOI:
    • Ho, J. (2019). An earthquake or a category 4 financial storm? A corpus study of disaster metaphors in the media framing of the 2008 financial crisis. Text & Talk 39(2), 191-212.
    • Ho, J. (2019). “Sensible protesters began leaving the protests”: A comparative study of opposing voices in the Hong Kong political movement. Language & Communication 64, 12-24.

    • Ho, J. (2016). When bank stocks are hobbled by worries: A metaphor study of emotions in the financial news reports. Text & Talk 36(3), 295-317.

    • Ho, J., & Cheng, W. (2016). Metaphors in financial analysis reports: How are emotions expressed? English for Specific Purposes 43, 37-48.

    • Cheng, W., & Ho, J. (2015). A corpus study of bank financial analyst reports: Semantic fields and metaphors. International Journal of Business Communication, 1-25.

    • Cheng, W., & Ho, J. (2014). Brainwashing or nurturing positive values: Competing voices in Hong Kong’s national education debate, Journal of Pragmatics 74, 1-14.

  • Invited Talks
    • ‘Fleeing lockdown in the time of Corona: Animal metaphors and dehumanisation in virtual space’. Research Seminar Series. Department of English. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 22 October 2021.
    • ‘No gain without pain? Discursive representation of foreign domestic helpers in online discourse. Faculty Research Seminar. Faculty of Arts. Lingnan University, 26 April 2021.
    • ‘“Sensible protesters began leaving the protest”: The representation of social actors in the Hong Kong political movement’. LML Research Seminar. The Education University of Hong Kong, 6 December 2018.

  • Recent Conference Presentations
    • “Identifying L2 errors in analytical writings: What does semantic tagging tell us?”. Paper presented at the 2019 International Conference on Applied linguistics: “Trends and Issues: Language, Culture, Translation and Bilingual Education”. National Taipei University of Technology. Taipei, October 31- November 1, 2019.
    • “Flipping the classroom to reduce the foreign language anxiety of Asian students”. Paper presented at the 24th PAAL Conference. Korea University. Seoul, 20-21 August 2019.
    • “Comparing the editorial stance of BBC and CNN on Brexit”. Paper presented at the 16th International Pragmatics Conference: Pragmatics of the Margins. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Hong Kong, 9-14 June 2019.