Abstract What standard linguistic and pragmatic theories assume about how things work in communication and language use depends on there being commonalities, conventions, standards and norms between language users. These conventions of language and conventions of usage (e.g. Morgan 1978; Searle 1979) create a core common ground on which intention and cooperation-based communication is built. […]

12th September Intercultural Email Negotiation of Requests between Saudi Postgraduate Students and Australian Academics

Although negotiation via email takes place every day between students and their supervisors/lecturers, the underlying processes of these negotiations have not been adequately researched in linguistic literature to date. Important gaps still remain in relation to our understanding of the nature of academic negotiations especially as far as culture, gender and power are concerned. This […]

8th August – The culture and politics of Frenchness in Australia, c1890-1914

My research concerns the linking of local and regional history to the macro economic and political aspects of global history. I do this through the study of cultural encounters and moments of cultural conflict. This presentation is an overview of my two main related research projects and is framed by the overarching narrative of my work. My […]

13th June – Goal directed persuasive discourse: contrasting televised business pitches in Spanish and English

Research in applied linguistics has long examined spoken discourse in varied domains including business presentations which have been studied widely from a discourse perspective. Less widespread, in the business domain is the analysis of televised spoken media discourse. The study explores how persuasion works in goal oriented discourse in the media, on television in particular. […]

9th May – Visual literacy in adult English language teaching: An exploration of educators’ interpretations, experiences and beliefs

With the emergence of modern ways to access information, traditional concepts of literacy have departed from an exclusive focus on the written word to recognise the significance of visual representations in language education.  However, although contemporary scholars, educational designers and policy makers have become interested in exploring visual literacy within language learning, explicit discussion on […]