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FH Distinguished Lecture Series - Identity in Written Discourse

by Professor Paul Kei Matsuda, Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing, Arizona State University

Date                 12 April 2018
Time                 6:00pm
Venue               AG710
The talk will be conducted in English.

About the talk
Identity has become a central topic in various areas of language studies. Even in the study of written discourse, where the predominant focus has been normative aspects of discourse, there is a growing interest in understanding how writing naturally deviates from the norm, creating important social meaning. In this talk, I will discuss the role of identity in written discourse through the lens of voice. I will begin with a brief history of voice in written discourse and point out some of the controversies surrounding it. I will then present a definition of voice and explore how voice plays a role in both personal and academic contexts. I will conclude by discussing implications for writing development and instruction, and suggesting possible future research directions.

About the speaker
Dr. Paul Kei Matsuda is Professor of English and Director of Second Language Writing at Arizona State University, and Concurrent Professor of Applied Linguistics at Nanjing University. He is Founding Chair of the Symposium on Second Language Writing and Editor of the Parlor Press Series on Second Language Writing. Past President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Paul has published widely on various topics related to language, writing and identity, and has received several prestigious awards. A sought-after speaker, he has given keynote and plenary talks as well as lectures and workshops in 27 countries.

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