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Article: ‘I am just saying maybe …’: Engagement in dissertation defenses

Title‘I am just saying maybe …’: Engagement in dissertation defenses
Authors
KeywordsDissertation defenses
Engagement
postgraduates
Taiwan
appraisal theory
Issue Date2021
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rlae20
Citation
Language and Education, 2021, v. 35 n. 1, p. 1-21 How to Cite?
AbstractThe orientation toward a knowledge-based economy has led to the increasing need to pursue advanced degrees to further improve one’s competitiveness in society. Research on postgraduate programs has thus sparked interest from multiple perspectives, among which, generated written artifacts such as dissertations have become the center of attention. However, dissertation defenses (DDs), i.e., the oral output, seem to have not been given due attention from applied linguists, a research gap this paper intends to address. Based on a corpus of five Masters-level DDs collected in an English as a lingua franca context, this study explores the interactions between the DD participants, namely, the students, advisors, and examiners, through the investigation of their use of Engagement resources under the Appraisal theory. It was found that DDs are embedded with face-threatening acts, in which the participants employ a combination of Engagement resources to strategically reify their identities/roles and establish rapport with others.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/289962
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2020 Impact Factor: 2.032
2020 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.017
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dc.contributor.authorLau, K-
dc.contributor.authorLin, CY-
dc.contributor.authorOdel, E-
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-22T08:19:57Z-
dc.date.available2020-10-22T08:19:57Z-
dc.date.issued2021-
dc.identifier.citationLanguage and Education, 2021, v. 35 n. 1, p. 1-21-
dc.identifier.issn0950-0782-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/289962-
dc.description.abstractThe orientation toward a knowledge-based economy has led to the increasing need to pursue advanced degrees to further improve one’s competitiveness in society. Research on postgraduate programs has thus sparked interest from multiple perspectives, among which, generated written artifacts such as dissertations have become the center of attention. However, dissertation defenses (DDs), i.e., the oral output, seem to have not been given due attention from applied linguists, a research gap this paper intends to address. Based on a corpus of five Masters-level DDs collected in an English as a lingua franca context, this study explores the interactions between the DD participants, namely, the students, advisors, and examiners, through the investigation of their use of Engagement resources under the Appraisal theory. It was found that DDs are embedded with face-threatening acts, in which the participants employ a combination of Engagement resources to strategically reify their identities/roles and establish rapport with others.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rlae20-
dc.relation.ispartofLanguage and Education-
dc.rightsPreprint: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in [JOURNAL TITLE] on [date of publication], available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/[Article DOI]. Postprint: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in [JOURNAL TITLE] on [date of publication], available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/[Article DOI].-
dc.subjectDissertation defenses-
dc.subjectEngagement-
dc.subjectpostgraduates-
dc.subjectTaiwan-
dc.subjectappraisal theory-
dc.title‘I am just saying maybe …’: Engagement in dissertation defenses-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLau, K: lauken@hku.hk-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09500782.2020.1828450-
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dc.identifier.hkuros316179-
dc.identifier.volume35-
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dc.identifier.epage21-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000575967400001-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-
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