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CLA Speaker Series: Ken Hyland

When Sep 21, 2016
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where 112 Borland
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The Center for Language Acquisition is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Gil Watz Memorial Lecture

 Ken Hyland (The University of Hong Kong)

"International Publishing and the Myth of Linguistic Disadvantage"

English is now more than a choice of language for those following an academic career; with globalization and growing managerialism in Higher Education, it has come to designate research of a high quality worthy of a place in peer-reviewed journals. Accompanying this dominance of English, however, are questions of communicative inequality and the possible disadvantages or even prejudice inflicted on L2 English-speaking academics.  In this paper I critically examine the evidence for linguistic disadvantage by a review of global publishing patterns, author attitudes, case studies and research into linguistic advantage together with my own interviews with EAL scholars in HK and analysis of journal peer reviews.  I show that while there is plenty of anecdotal evidence for disadvantage, framing this in terms of a coarse native/non-native distinction has serious problems and may serve to discourage non-Anglophone authors and perpetuate a deficit view of their writing.  The disciplinary conventions of disciplinary writing in English make serious demands on all academic writers, but these are less important than a lack of resources and research writing expertise.  So while a hindering factor in getting published, language is not a terminally decisive one. 


Ken Hyland is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong. He was previously a professor at the University of London and has taught in Africa, Asia and Europe. He is best known for his research into writing and academic discourse, having published over 200 articles and 26 books on these topics and received nearly 26,000 citations on Google Scholar. His most recent books include a third edition of Teaching and Researching Writing (Routledge, 2016), The Routledge Handbook of EAP (co-edited with Philip Shaw, Routledge, 2016), Academic Publishing (Oxford University Press, 2015), Academic Written English (Shanghai Foreign Language Press, 2014), Disciplinary Identity (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and Innovation and Change in Language Education (edited with Lillian Wong , Routledge, 2013.). He is founding co-editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and was co-editor of Applied Linguistics. Ken is an Honorary professor at Warwick University and a Foundation Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities.

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