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Intersubjective Positioning in Medical Research Discourse

Research Seminar, PhD Seminar

The English Linguistics seminar series.
All interested are welcome!

Academic discourse is dialogic, and the way in which a researcher engages with other voices in the discourse is an integral part of the social practice of communicating research. In my Ph.D. project, I will examine how this dialogism is realized in medical research discourse, in a multimodal corpus of medical research articles; I will also investigate how medical researchers themselves interpret and use certain dialogic resources. The project takes a social-semiotic approach, using the theoretical frameworks of systemic-functional linguistics and appraisal, as well as research on rhetoric and academic literacy. In this seminar, I will describe how I have compiled my corpus and how I have begun to annotate verbal and nonverbal elements according to the appraisal system networks of engagement and graduation. I will also present some examples of the types of analyses I will be conducting, including the classification of intersubjective features, the probabilities of these features¿ being selected, and their distributions across the texts. Some of the challenges involved in the annotation and analysis of the corpus will also be discussed.

Lecturer: Daniel Lees Fryer

Date: 1/25/2011

Time: 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Categories: Humanities, English, Linguistics

Organizer: Inst för språk och litteraturer

Location: Faculty of Arts, Lundgrensgatan 1B
C430

Contact person: Jennifer Herriman

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