Two English undergraduate students gave their first conference papers at the English Language Student Conference in Winchester last month.
15 Aug 2013
Two English Language students from the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts successfully presented their first papers to over 200 delegates from the UK, Poland and Iran, at the first English Language Student Conference last month.
English Language and Literature student, Chloe Gilmartin, presented her paper: Investigating Unique Language Use in the Absence of Speech: A Case Study which is about how communication takes place between competent language speakers and a family member who does not have spoken language. With specific reference to names of family and pets she showed how the use of elements of multiple Augmentative Alternative Communication systems can be used to create unique language use and achieve effective communication within the home setting.
English Language and Linguistics student Bob Sadlier, presented a paper entitled: The Future of Punctuation is Emoticons. Following a brief history of punctuation, Bob focussed on the physical features of newly-emerging orthography and punctuation in computer mediated communication. He looked at how technology is blurring the lines between written text and speech as a new generation of global English users are given the tools to inject written language with near-prosodic features.
Both papers were very well received and Chloe and Bob are to be congratulated on their interesting, well-prepared and confidently presented papers. They have both been invited to write them up for publication in the conference proceedings.
The conference opened with the keynote: Goalposts and Googlies: Sport and the English Language given by Dr Martin Polley, a sports historian at Southampton University who looked at issues relating to language, identity and ideology in sport. BA and MA students then gave their papers on a range of topics including social identity, critical discourse analysis and semantics.
The proceedings concluded with a round-table discussion by experts in sport and language, including Sarah Varney-Burch, English Language subject group leader, University of Brighton. Round-table members picked up the different themes of the conference with the audience and there was a lively discussion of issues surrounding the language of sport, appropriacy and the media.
The English Language team at Brighton has forged a strong working relationship with their counterparts at the University of Winchester over the past few years, and both universities are looking forward to the next English Language Challenge which will see teams answering questions related to the study of the English language to be held at Brighton in Autumn 2012.
The English Language Student conference was supported by Winchester’s Centre for Research into Language, the English Project and English Language at the University of Brighton.