Presentation Collection

On this page we offer a collection of powerpoint presentations given by colleagues at a variety of conferences. The .ppt slides have been converted to .pdf files to allow convenient downloading.

Not everyone can attend every conference or paper at conference that they’d wish to, so those who might wish to attend but couldn’t, or those who would like to review the content of any presentations they’ve seen will be able to use this resource.

As well, it allows researchers to give their work a wider potential audience.
At the same time, we remind all users of these resources not to cite the works without permission, and certainly not without attribution.

Submissions are welcome – please contact the admin team if you’d like to submit anything on this page.

** If you are looking for the archives of earlier Friday seminar series, the links to recordings and/or pdfs of the presentations may be accessed by clicking on the links below:
Second Semester 2010
First Semester 2011
Second Semester 2011

First Semester 2012 (series on Language & Identity) is still accessible here

Ken Tann’s presentation at the 2010 Free Linguistics conference held at Sydney University (October 9-10) can be accessed here.
Title: “The Language of Identity Discourse: Introducing a framework for functional iconography”
Tann presents the steps and background for his proposal that the notion of ‘icon’ can be analysed by taking three main elements of text and culture into consideration.

Thu Ngo’s presentation at the 2010 ASFLA conference in Adelaide (September 29-30) has been made available. [file is about 15mgs, so will take a few seconds to download – please be patient]
Title: “A comparative study of evaluative language in Vietnamese and English casual conversations: Vietnamese person reference system as an appraisal resource”
It deals with her development of a system network to show Vietnamese person reference resources. The study reported on here uses the appraisal framework to investigate conversations of small groups in both English and Vietnamese.

At ASFLA 2010 in Adelaide, Alexanne Don and Charlotte Hommerberg presented the results of their findings on a co-analysis of a small set of texts by a famous wine critic, using the appraisal framework. Their work demonstrated the ‘coupling’ of field and attitude resources, and the association of evaluative orientation within specialist or institutional discourses.
Title: “The language of wine appreciation”
The slides of the presentation can be downloaded here.
The primary researcher into the language of wine appreciation and the reviews of Robert Parker Jnr, Charlotte Hommerberg, can be contacted by email.

Jo Lander presented the results of her research into community building online at the 2010 ASFLA conference in Adelaide. She used a close analysis of the posts, applying perspectives from appraisal and Bernstein’s pedagogy to demonstrate patterns of interaction and emerging community practices.
Title: “Building and maintaining community in asynchronous online discussion”.
The slides in pdf form can be downloaded here

Professor James Martin, Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney gave one of his usual thought-provoking, entertaining, and intellectually-stimulating plenaries at the 5th International Multi-modality Conference at UTS on Friday, December 3rd, 2010. His talk outlined how powerpoint presentations can act to limit academic discourse, but can also provide the means for displaying findings in much more visually comprehensible ways. The talk drew on a number of perspectives current in discussions of how knowledge is structured, and these were linked to the ways in which powerpoint can assist or detract from the presentation of research findings and theoretical substance.
Title: “Life as a Theme: pitching vertical discourse in powerpoint slides”.
The slides in .pdf form can be downloaded here. Some of the animations in the original presentation are unfortunately not available in pdf form.

Lars Elleström presented a paper on his work entitled “A Critique of the established notion of multimodality”, outlining the concept of intermediality at the 2010 5th International Multi-modality conference at UTS Sydney. The presentation slides in pdf form may be downloaded here, and the chapter from his edited book, “Media Borders, Multimodality and Intermediality” which details the ideas presented is also available for download from Palgrave.

Sumin Zhao’s presentation, “Deciphering the ‘Indie’ code: a social semiotic analysis of Frankie” given at the 2010 5th International Multi-modality conference, UTS Sydney, outlines a preliminary research project on the way that the magazine “Frankie” reproduces an Indie fashion and lifestyle code. The original powerpoint also includes music and video which are not reproduced in this pdf version of the paper which can be accessed here.

Bill Greaves and Jim Benson

This is an expanded version of a Linguistic Society of America (LSA) 2011 symposium presentation, Systemic Functional Linguistics Basic Principles, which aimed to explain SFL to an audience generally interested in functionalism, but not particularly (or at all) familiar with SFL. The PowerPoint has the same kind of “live” sound icons found in Halliday-Greaves. They should play when clicked on if you are willing to download the whole folder here, otherwise try this version of the powerpoint presentation

Professor James Martin’s ASFLA 2011 plenary in Armidale, “Embedded Literacy: Knowledge as Meaning”, focussed on the transdisciplinary work that is being conducted between SFL researchers and Legitimation Code Theory (or LCT: see pdf of Karl Maton’s plenary below). Part of the presentation explained the nature of the links between the work each discipline engages in, and showing how both disciplines are expanding their research agendas through fruitful collaboration. Terminology from both disciplines and its application to research – particularly that conducted in the area of teaching and learning pedagogy – was one focus of the presentation. The pdf version of the plenary slides may be downloaded and viewed by clicking this link.

Another ASFLA 2011 plenary in Armidale was “Mastering Semantic Waves: A key to cumulative learning and social justice” given by Karl Maton, which set out the nature of semantic density and gravity to an audience not necessarily familiar with Legitimation Code Theory, but making it accessible to all. The presentation necessarily focussed on one area of what is a greatly extended framework of Basil Bernstein’s observations on the nature of social practices and learning. Further information on the specifics of the semantic section of LCT can be accessed at the site maintained by Karl Maton. The pdf of the the plenary slides are available to download by clicking here.

Michele Zappavigna’s work analysing Youth Justice Commission conferences “Analysing Body language in Youth Justice Conferencing” was presented in a plenary at ASFLA 2011 in Armidale. It focussed on the ways that gesture and body language makes meanings in this context of interaction, and the preliminary findings of the analysis. Michele explained one of the frameworks being used to investigate the nature of gestures, which was based on initial work done by Chris Cleirigh. The pdf version of the presentation may be accessed by clicking here.

At ASFLA2011 in Armidale, Alexanne Don presented a version of her research on ‘Invocations of Attitude’, focussing in this presentation on the means whereby attitudes towards ambiguous targets are triggered by association and intertextual references. The paper sets out the varieties of ways in which Attitude is triggered in any one phase of discourse, and while these are presented as multi-layered in activation, they are also categorised in the form of a cline from most explicit to most implied. the pdf version of this paper may be accessed here.

Ken Tann’s 2011 FreeLing presentation An Iconography of Hope: Reconciling Identities and Axiologies (October 9th) extended his previous research on the nature of community values, and its relationship with the notions of icons such as ‘oracles’, by looking at some of the texts produced in the wake of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster. This study focuses not so much on the role of icons in Japanese society during the disaster as such, but on the treatment of the event in overseas media. Tann talks about buzzwords like ‘gaman’ which are introduced into the English media as part of a long tradition of politicized discourse, and which have social repercussions both inside and outside Japan. These repercussions take the form of intertextuality, both constraining and enabling further expressions of social opinions. A pdf version of the presentation may be accessed by clicking here.

During FreeLing 2011 this year, Cecilia Pun presented the results of her research on the development of academic writing during the SLATE project, Unpacking Textuality: an overview of tertiary students’ writing, focussing on the means by which students create coherent texts. She used concepts such as degree of abstraction and technicality in order to provide a taxonomy of reference functions in the corpus. the pdf version of this presentation can be downloaded here. [see also a revised version of the paper on the Friday Seminar 2011.2 page]

Here’s a link to excellent slide show presentation by Nicolas Moore on Modelling the Flow of Discourse in a Corpus of Written Academic English in which he takes us through the ways that Participant tracking can be modelled, quantified and then used to give us a more well-rounded picture of how the texts work at the textual level. The format he uses, Prezi, is also well worth considering. Check out more of Moore by following the link to his website here and on our blogroll.

The slides of Ken Tann’s ISFC39 presentation, “Committing Commitment: Theorising meaning in process of change” is now available for download here. It asks several questions about the meaning of the term ‘commitment’ as it has been lately applied to discourse analysis concerned with the degree of specificity in texts, and how the concept relates to other terms such as ‘instantiation’ and meaning potential. It is recommended that you also see the published paper version (Tann 2012) in the ISFC39 conference proceedings (To Boldly Proceed) also available for free download here (opens external link).

Another set of slides from one of the ISFC39 ( July 2012) presentations by Alexanne Don, “Australian Attitudes” is also available here. This paper shows how Attitude analysis may be used to investigate ‘iconisation’ through comparison of similar text types with the theme of national identity.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. robert mcmurtrie
    Nov 16, 2010 @ 14:44:52

    is the presentation by Chris given by Peter going to be uploaded soon? or if it is, I can’t see it, so could someone help me navigate this site. Ta.

    • eldon
      Nov 18, 2010 @ 10:24:59

      the presentation collection is only a collection of (usually only) pdf versions of talks given at conferences or places other than the friday seminars in 2nd semester at sydney uni.

      to find any of the recordings or pdfs of those presentations given at the friday seminars, click on the “Friday seminar schedule” label on the menu bar above, and then scroll down and look for a link under the abstract for the relevant presentation…

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