The Conversations on Research in Education (CORE) Lunch Series provides the GGSE and greater UCSB community with an opportunity to discuss research ideas and questions. Specifically, the meeting provide a forum for faculty/researchers to present studies or projects in progress and receive/offer feedback. Past topics have included “Cutting a Path for NSF Funding Opportunities: Thinking Differently," “A Blessing and a Curse: Modeling Flexibility with Mixture Models,” and "SOCIAL=SUCCESS: Why Learning How to Make Friends Might Be the Most Important Lesson Taught in School."
The previous CORE talk:
Yuqin Hei presented the lecture “A Comparative Study of Author Identity in English and Chinese Academic Writing” on February 12.
Professor Hei’s research focuses on author identity represented, both implicitly and explicitly, in English and Chinese conference abstracts (CAs). First, a basic quantitative analysis was conducted to find out the distribution of different authorial roles realized by the context-specific noun phrases (this paper/study/researcher/author) and the first person singular and plural pronouns (we and I) in the subject position. Then, a qualitative analysis was employed to explore reasons behind the distinctive features found in the use of the linguistic devices, by referring to different social and cultural backgrounds, discourse communities, and writing conventions as well as the genre and discipline. By analyzing author identity in English and Chinese CAs, this study aims to extend the current contrastive study on academic discourse.
Yuqin Hei, a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, is a Professor of English Studies at Xi’an International Studies Universities, Shaanxi, China. Her sponsor at the Gevirtz School is Professor Charles Bazerman of the Department of Education.