Attend our public seminar series on Language and Culture, presented by RMIT Global and Language Studies.
Guest speaker: Amerah Abdullah Alsharif
Amerah Abdullah Alsharif is a Linguistics Ph.D. candidate at RMIT University. She works as a lecturer at Taiba University, Yunbu, Saudi Arabia. She received her Masters from the University of Melbourne in Applied Linguistics, TESOL, with a distinction. Her research interests include CMC (computer mediated communication), discourse analysis, cross-cultural pragmatics, negotiation strategies, and the use of technology in higher education.
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 project adopts the perspective that in order to analyse negotiation interactions, two dimensions need to be considered: the discourse structure level, which involves negotiation behaviour/moves and the language use level, which concerns linguistic features and politeness strategies. The primary purpose of this study is to understand politeness conventions in persuasive discourse and ways to assess academic negotiation across cultures. The total number of students who participated in this study was eighty-six students: namely forty-two Saudi males, twenty-nine Saudi females, five Australian males and ten Australian females. Initial findings provide a detailed explanation of Saudi and Australian students’ linguistic and rhetorical email strategies when trying to gain admission to a PhD program. There were two major underlying strategies behind each cultural group’s persuasive/polite discourse; one which is concerned with portraying the self as important is for Saudi students, and the other relates to showing a professional face by the Australian students.
Language and Culture Seminar Series (LACSS)
This Series is focused on research in:
1. Language, society, culture, history and politics
2. Applied linguistics, language pedagogy
The Language and Culture Seminar Series (LACSS) is a new forum for RMIT researchers, including HDR students to share their research and engage in cross-cultural dialogues. It is open to anyone interested in the field.
The seminar will run once a month from Sem 1, 2017. If you are interested in presenting please contact Dr. Glenda Mejía (LACSS convenor) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LACSS is located within the Centre of Global Research (CGR).