Devo Yilmaz Devrim
PhD candidate, Department of Linguistics
Activities relevant to the proposed research group
Devo has been working on his PhD research titled “Development of grammatical metaphor in academic literacy through online language support” under the supervision of Ahmar Mahboob, Jim Martin and Shoshana Dreyfus. His project focuses on how tertiary level students improve their use of grammatical metaphor through language support provided by language coaches. The language resource, grammatical metaphor, is one of the most important characteristics of adult language, academic register and bureaucratic discourse. Thus, the analysis of grammatical metaphor in various contexts might reveal the ways in which diverse identities are constructed in spoken and written texts. Alongside his research, he has also taught a postgraduate unit in the department of Linguistics titled LNGS 7109: Language and Identity. The unit investigates how national, ethnic, cultural, social, economic, linguistic and gender identities are constructed, maintained and negotiated through language. Furthermore, his M.A. research in applied linguistics explored how high school students perceive and understand the notion of ‘culture’ in relation to English language teaching/learning. The students’ understanding of ‘culture’ was closely related to their ethnic, cultural, social, and economic identity.
Publications relevant to the proposed research group
Devrim, D. Y. & Bayyurt, Y. (2010). Students understandings and preferences of the role and place of culture in English language teaching: a focus on in an EFL context. Tesol Journal 2, (pp.4-23).
Devrim, D.Y. (2010). Review of Martin, J. R. & Rose, D. 2008. Genre relations: mapping culture. Australian Journal of Linguistics 30, 3: pp. 376-380.
Devrim, Y. (2009). Are we setting up new teachers to fail? Essential Teacher 6(2), http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/secet.asp?CID=2007&DID=12418
Devrim, D.Y. (forthcoming). Review of Christie, F. & Derewianka, B. 2008. School Discourse: Learning to write across the years of schooling. Australian Journal of Linguistics 31, 2.