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Working with speech act theory

17 October 2013

This seminar, which goes by the full title of "Working with speech act theory: a study of referees’ comments on submissions to peer-reviewed journals", draws on speech act theory (Austin 1962, Sbisà 2009, Huang 2007, Searle 1969) to examine the ways in which reviewers ask for changes to be made to submissions to peer-reviewed journal articles. Ninety-five reviewers’ reports were examined. Forty-one of the reviewers also completed a questionnaire which asked about their experience in carrying out peer reviews, how they learnt to write reviews and the challenges they faced in reviewing submissions to peer-reviewed journals. The study found that requests for changes were largely made as directions, suggestions, clarification requests and recommendations. While a good number of these changes were requested directly, a large number of them were not; that is, they were examples of indirect, rather than direct, speech acts. For authors who are new to the peer-review process, indirect requests of the kind revealed in the study can be difficult to decode. Very often these indirect requests are directions to make very specific changes to a submission and need, it is argued, to be read as such.

Event details

  • When: 4–5pm

  • Where:

    Change of venue
    Old Teachers College A22, Room 448

    old teachers college location

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  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Camilla Pilgrim

  • Contact:

    Camilla Pilgrim

    E: camilla.pilgrim@sydney.edu.au

  • More info:

    View the full schedule of talks in this series.

  • Reading:

    Austin, J. L. (1962). How to do things with words. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    Huang, Y. (2007). Pragmatics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    Sbisà, M. (2009). "Speech act theory". In J. Verschueren and J-O. Östman (eds). Key notions for pragmatics (pp. 229-244). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

    Searle, J. R. (1969). Speech acts. London: Cambridge University Press.

  • Speaker: Professor Brian Paltridge has taught English as a second language in Australia, New Zealand and Italy and has published extensively internationally in peer-reviewed journals. He has taught postgraduate courses in the areas of second-language teaching and learning, language curriculum design and methodology, research methods, discourse analysis, language for specific purposes, writing for publication and thesis and dissertation writing.



Working with speech act theory

Where Change of venue


Old Teachers College A22, Room 448

old teachers college location

Click image for interactive map.


When

17 October 2013


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