Mark Amsler is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Auckland (NZ). His teaching and research includes literacy studies, critical theory, semiotics, sociolinguistics and medieval studies. He recently published Affective Literacies: Writing and Multilingualism in the Later Middle Ages, and is currently completely a book on pragmatic discourses and heterodox communities, entitled How to Do Things with Words, 1100-1500.
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