Dalarna University Applied Linguistics (DUAL) seminar series

DUAL is a seminar series for those interested in Applied Linguistics. Experts in different areas of the field are invited to present their research. We target prominent researchers from different parts of the world to present on current topics.

We support openness in research by making the talks available to the broader research community, either by attending the live talk or by watching the recorded talk. All presentations are given in English.

DUAL talks are one hour long, including a question & answer session. The talks are given online (currently through Zoom), which means that there are no geographical boundaries for participation. DUAL talks are open and free of charge, but participants need to register beforehand.

Register for upcoming talks

Two to four talks are scheduled per academic year. If you would like to be notified about upcoming DUAL talks, contact Annelie Ädel via email:

aal@du.se

DUAL talks 2022

(Applied) Corpus Linguistics and Explorations of Workplace Discourse

Eric Friginal, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

March 15

Watch the recorded talk

Abstract

In this presentation, I argue for the important role of applied corpus linguistics as a methodological approach in language and social research in contributing linguistics-based explications of workplace discourse. Applied corpus linguistics is understood to include the use of corpus resources, techniques, and tools in order to, for example, examine patterning in public discourses so as to obtain novel understandings of how language is used and construed in specific contexts (Thompson & Friginal, 2020). I analyze frequency-based distributions and their various macro and micro societal and policy implications from specialized corpora of (primarily) English discourses in the workplace.

I have been exploring real-world recorded and transcribed texts from domains such as outsourced customer service call centers, healthcare, tourism and hospitality, global aviation, international maritime industry, and talk in multi-cultural and multimodal workplaces. My theoretical and analytical framework emphasizesthe identification of discursive practices across socio-cultural structures and task dimensions of talk in these domains, focusing especially upon speakers' understanding of role-relationships, discoursal goals and objectives, cultural and racial identities, and power dynamics at work. An iterative cycle which combines computational approaches to data extraction and a progression of stages (that also emphasizes qualitative and functional analyses) shows how the structure and meaning of professional cross-talk can be successfully described, interpreted, and explained using patterns and evidence from corpora (Baker, 2018; Friginal, 2020; Gentil, 2013). Specifically, as a focal study in the presentation, I highlight my current research in international aviation communications, exploring the language of pilots and air traffic controllers across various stages of flight. Implications for language policy and the development of dedicated training materials on aviation phraseology will be presented and discussed.

Biography

Eric Friginalis Professor of Applied Linguistics and (incoming) Head of Department of English and Communication at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Before moving to Hong Kong, he was Professor and Director of International Programs at the Department of Applied Linguistics and ESL at Georgia State University. He specializes in applied corpus linguistics, quantitative research, language policy and planning, technology and language teaching, sociolinguistics, cross-cultural communication, discipline-specific writing, and the analysis of spoken professional discourse in the workplace. His recent publications include The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Approaches to Discourse Analysis(2020), co-edited with Jack Hardy; Advances in Corpus-based Research on Academic Writing: Effects ofDiscipline, Register, and Writer Expertise, co-edited with Ute Römer and Viviana Cortes (2020); English in Global Aviation: Context, Research, and Pedagogy, with Elizabeth Mathews and Jennifer Roberts (2019); and Corpus Linguistics for English Teachers: New Tools, Online Resources, and Classroom Activities(2018). He is the founding co-editor-in-chief of Applied Corpus Linguistics (ACORP) Journal (with Paul Thompson).

Previous DUAL talks

Reflections on a research field in flux and how it shows in a journal: Applied Linguistics 

Presenter: Anna Mauranen, University of Helsinki

September 14, 2021

Watch the recorded talk

Abstract 

If we look at the programs of congresses, conferences, and publications in applied linguistics, the question arises what could be the common denominator in all this variety of topic areas, subfields, and interest groups. And could this enormous variety be captured in one journal? To the first question the answer is probably language, with perhaps some modifications and qualifications relating to its relevance to wider issues in societies and for individuals. The second question has been controversial, but the most obvious answer is no. There is a wealth of journals specializing in different facts of applied linguistics, and new ones spring up at an accelerating pace. But most established research fields also have their generic journals that publish high-quality papers in any specialism that falls broadly into the field. Applied Linguistics is one of those. Therefore, what it publishes and what kinds of submissions it receives inevitably reflects general trends in the field, and holds some interest value to anyone working in the research area. 

This talk looks at recent developments in applied linguistics from the vantage point of Applied Linguistics, especially over the last seven years during which I have been its co-editor. It discusses some recent trends like the increased global orientation in the field, a growing wish to gain theoretical depth and methodological credibility while maintaining a close contact with language-relevant societal issues, and the sometimes surprisingly uneasy relationship with linguistics.  

Applied linguistics clearly looks very different depending on the viewer's location and position in the world, and several narratives of its developments and issues are possible. There simply will never be one true account of how the field, or the journal, has progressed. This talk offers one individual's perceptions from one position and one location of what has been taking place. 

Biography 

Anna Mauranen is Professor and Research Director at the University of Helsinki, and the President of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. Her research and publications focus on ELF, language processing, academic discourses, and corpus linguistics She is a former co-editor of Applied Linguistics (2014-2021) and a founding co-editor of the Journal of English as a Lingua Franca. Recent books: Language Change: The Impact of English as a Lingua Franca (2020 C.U.P., co-ed w. Vetchinnikova); Linguistic Diversity on the EMI Campus (2019; Routledge, Co-ed w. Jenkins), Exploring ELF: Academic English shaped by non-native speakers (2012 C.U.P.) 

(Un)attended this/these in undergraduate student writing: A corpus analysis of high- and low-rated L2 writers  

Presenter: Joseph J. Lee, University of Ohio

March 30, 2021

Abstract 

Style guides, writing textbooks, and even writing teachers frequently advocate against using anaphoric demonstrative pronouns (this/these) in academic writing, as they are considered to be vague cohesive markers. Yet anaphoric demonstratives are commonly used in academic texts, such as research articles, to establish textual cohesion. In an effort to offer pedagogical guidance in this area considered to be problematic for novice academic writers, research on the use of this/these in professional academic writing has gained increasing attention in recent decades. While these studies have contributed greatly to our understanding of the forms and functions of this/these in expert writing, we know little about how these demonstratives are used by second-language (L2) student writers or the relationship between the use of this/these and assessment of L2 student writing. In this talk, I will report on a comparative corpus-based study of the use of anaphoric demonstratives in high- and low-rated L2 student essays. I will first briefly introduce the corpus (the COLTE) from which the student essays were drawn and highlight previous studies conducted using the COLTE. I will then present the findings of the focal study on the relationship between the use of this/these and writing quality in L2 student essays. I will conclude with opportunities for future research and implications for L2 writing pedagogy. 

Biography 

Joseph J. Lee is currently an associate professor of instruction in the Department of Linguistics at Ohio University. His research interests include English for specific purposes, academic writing, applied corpus linguistics, genre studies, classroom discourse studies, and teacher education. He serves on several editorial boards of professional journals (e.g., Applied Corpus Linguistics, English for Specific Purposes). His research has been published in a range of applied linguistics journals including English for Specific Purposes, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Journal of Second Language Writing, and System.  

Last reviewed:
Contact
Annelie Ädel
Professor English
Last reviewed: