Hot off the press: HDR student publications

Hot off the press: HDR student publications

Two Linguistics HDR students recently had their first academic articles published. Congratulations to them both!

Ibrahim Alasmri, currently a PhD student in Translation and Interpreting, published an article titled “Conjunctive markers in translation from English to Arabic: a corpus-based study” in the journal Perspectives: Studies in Translation Theory and Practice, together with his supervisor, Dr Haidee Kruger. The article is based on his MRes thesis. From the abstract:

This study investigates the use of conjunctive markers in translated Arabic texts against the background of corpus-based research on the recurrent features of translated language. Quantitative corpus-linguistic methods were used to investigate a comparable corpus of translated and non-translated Arabic that includes two registers, namely creative fictional narratives and legal writing. The aim of the analysis was to determine whether the independent variables of corpus and register have any significant main or interaction effects on the frequency of a set of conjunctive markers. The findings are interpreted within the framework of four features identified as characteristic of translated language, namely explicitation, normalisation, levelling out, and cross-linguistic influence. The findings confirm that there are differences between conjunction use in translated and non-translated Arabic, providing some support for features such as cross-linguistic influence, explicitation and normalisation, but also indicate that these effects are strongly conditioned by register.

Mitchell Fryer, also a PhD candidate, recently published a joint paper with his supervisor Dr Peter Roger, in The Journal of Asia TEFL. The article is titled “Identifying with the L2 self: Study abroad experiences of Japanese English language learners”. From the abstract:

A possible self is a combination of the self knowledge, thoughts and beliefs that we have regarding our future potential (Markus & Nurius, 1986). This study investigated the possible selves of eight Japanese university study abroad (SA) students. Dörnyei (2005) posited the L2 motivational self-system, comprised of the L2 ideal self as a construct for better understanding and predicting L2 motivation. Several studies and theoretical accounts indicate that discrepancies between current and ideal states can help predict motivation, as the possible self acts as a future self-guide (Dörnyei & Chan, 2013; Higgins, 1987; Ushioda & Dörnyei, 2012). The study identified several key contextual elements that contributed to changes in the participants' L2 motivational self systems. These included ‘thrown in the deep end’ type interactions, good timing of interactions, conscious moves by the conversation partner to assist the participants, relaxed and positive atmosphere, opportunities to initiate and sustain interactions and one on one interactions that were in line with the participants’ own cultural identity. The findings suggest the contextual elements shaped the participants' L2 ideal and feared self images and contributed to the identification of discrepancies between current and desired states which influenced study behaviours, goals and motivation over time.

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