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Writing in STEM: A Data-based Approach to Discipline-specific Writing Using Free Language-analysis software

This workshop aims to help writers in STEM research to improve their writing by supplementing their intuitions about what “sounds about right” with data-based methods for interrogating the language choices in a STEM sub-discipline and across sub-disciplines. By analyzing the language of published writing, attendees are able to make better-informed choices about the use of, for example, formulaic phrases and technical terminology. The workshop unfolds in three stages: how to collect discipline-specific writing and prepare a collection – or corpus – for analysis; how to use AntConc, which is free language-analysis software, to interrogate the corpus; and the kinds of insights into discipline-specific writing that are afforded by these tools. Workshop attendees explore the results of a prepared analysis of a corpus of sub-disciplines of engineering and consider the value of transferring these methods to writing in their own fields.
Facilitators: Dr. Alfredo Ferreira and Shayan Fahimi
Date & Time: Thursday, June 9, 2022: 10:00am – 12:00pm PT
Location: IKBLC, Level 3, Dodson Room and on Zoom. Registrants receive the Zoom link 1 day prior to the workshop.
The Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication does not record workshops or share workshop slides.
Questions about this event? Please contact the Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication: cwsc.info@ubc.ca.

Date:
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Time:
10:00am - 12:00pm
Audience:
  Graduate  
Categories:
  Centre for Writing and Scholarly Communication     Writing  
Presenter(s):
Dr. Alfredo Ferreira, Shayan Fahimi

Registration is required. There are 56 seats available.

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Presenter(s)

Dr. Alfredo Ferreira, Shayan Fahimi

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