Dr Ping Tian

BA (China), MLitt (Sydney), PhD (Sydney)
Lecturer in Linguistics

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Ping Tian is a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. Her research interests include topics in the areas of multimodality, discourse analysis, media semiotics, semiotics in the context of business communication and cross-cultural communication.
Her current project applies social semiotic theory to the understanding of branding in the context of wine export. Prior to academia, Ping worked as a professional translator and interpreter at international trade fairs.

Research interests

  • Multimodality and discourse analysis
  • Semiotics in business communication
  • Language and image use in media
  • Language and identity (with a focus on cross-cultural communication)
  • Children’s picture books and early language development

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

  • LNGS7502 Language of Business
  • LNGS7274 Media Discourse
  • LNGS7019 Language and Identity
  • LNGS7276 Discourses of Globalization

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Supervision

Ping is interested in supervising postgraduate students with projects concerning the semiotic and linguistic analysis of mass media discourse, discourses of workplace and business communication using analytical frameworks in multimodal discourse analysis.

Current projects

Multilingualism and Multimodality in Australian Wine Labels.

Associations

Member of ASFLA (Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association)

Awards and honours

  • USIRS – University of Sydney Postgraduate Research Scholarship, 2007-2011
  • Research Fellow - Swiss national science foundation funded project NFP 56: Languages, identities and tourism: towards an understanding of social and linguistic challenges in Switzerland in the context of globalization, University of Basel, Switzerland, 2005-2007

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Tian, P. (2010). Playing with 'femininity': an intermodal analysis of the bilingual picture book 'The Ballad of Mulan'. In Monika Bednarek, J.R. Martin (Eds.), New Discourse on Language: Functional Perspectives on Multimodality, Identity, and Affiliation, (pp. 134-162). London, United Kingdom: Continuum.

Conferences

  • Tian, P. (2008). Playing with 'femininity': multi-modal discourse analysis of bilingual children's picture book 'The Ballad of Mulan'. 35th International Systemic Functional Congress ISFC 2008, Australia: Macquarie University.

2010

  • Tian, P. (2010). Playing with 'femininity': an intermodal analysis of the bilingual picture book 'The Ballad of Mulan'. In Monika Bednarek, J.R. Martin (Eds.), New Discourse on Language: Functional Perspectives on Multimodality, Identity, and Affiliation, (pp. 134-162). London, United Kingdom: Continuum.

2008

  • Tian, P. (2008). Playing with 'femininity': multi-modal discourse analysis of bilingual children's picture book 'The Ballad of Mulan'. 35th International Systemic Functional Congress ISFC 2008, Australia: Macquarie University.

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