Workshops and Related Events


Postgraduates attending the ALAA and ALS conferences are invited to attend the following graduate workshops, to be held during the conferences.
Each workshop requires separate registration to the conference, and places are limited. The venue will be the same as the conferences – Monash Caulfield.

Semiotic registers and variation in the Australian context

Tuesday 6 December 2016 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

This workshop will take advantage of the presence of Professor Asif Agha to explore some of his ideas in an Australian context. The workshop will begin with an introduction by Zane Goebel (LaTrobe University), will include presentations on variation and register in Indigenous Australia, Australian English, Auslan and community languages, concluding with discussion led by Professor Agha.  A detailed program will be available shortly.

Attendance at this workshop is free for Monash graduate students (but please notify Simon Musgrave if you wish to attend); others wishing to attend are welcome but there will be a fee of $50 to cover catering (morning/afternoon tea and lunch). You can register and pay by ecart.

More information (including program).

Cherry-picking and anecdotalism: How not to report qualitative research

Thursday 8 December 2016 (10:30am – 12:30pm)

Ema Ushioda
Centre for Applied Linguistics, University of Warwick

In this workshop I will discuss problems and pitfalls in representing qualitative data when writing up a research report. Thesis examiners and journal reviewers have been known to pounce on cherry-picking reporting practices where the analysis seems based on particular data excerpts chosen to illustrate a point, thus verging on anecdotalism. The workshop will engage participants in a series of activities and discussion tasks to consider how our analysis and reporting practices can achieve greater transparency and represent the data in more rigorous and systematic ways. Participants will be invited to think about qualitative datasets they are currently working with and to reflect on their principles for selecting data samples when writing up their research.

This workshop will be held on the morning of Thursday 8 December (the day after ALAA concludes, day 2 of ALS) and will run from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
Registration for this workshop is now closed. Thank you for your understanding.


Related events

2nd Summer School of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

1-5 December 2016, Queen’s College, University of Melbourne