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Zeitler Lyne, Susanna
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Rinder, J., Bottomley, J. & Zeitler Lyne, S. (2023). “Attempting the impossible”?: On creating a guide to scientific writing in English. In: : . Paper presented at Language for Specific Purposes in Higher Education 2023, Stockholm, Sweden, 8 September 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Attempting the impossible”?: On creating a guide to scientific writing in English
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

LSP teachers working at KTH Royal Institute of Technology have created a guide to scientific writing in English. This is an online resource that aims to raise awareness of what constitutes effective scientific writing.

The guide emerged from interactions between LSP teachers and their students and faculty colleagues on the nature of effective scientific writing in English. As a result, and in contrast to many other university writing guides, the KTH guide is rooted in the typical writing genres and conventions of a technical university, and draws on examples of these to explore sentence structure, punctuation, text flow, and scientific style. 

Since its launch, the guide has become an integral part of classroom practice, and it has drawn a number of comments from students and faculty colleagues in anonymized surveys and course evaluations. Our analysis of these comments suggests that users appreciate the focus on scientific writing (as opposed to more general academic writing), but that some struggle to find answers to specific questions. 

In this paper, we introduce the guide, present a thematic analysis of the evaluations, and discuss the impact of these on the development of not only the guide, but also on scientific writing practices at KTH.

Keywords
scientific writing, online guide, English
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Education and Communication in the Technological Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-338121 (URN)
Conference
Language for Specific Purposes in Higher Education 2023, Stockholm, Sweden, 8 September 2023
Note

QC 20231016

Available from: 2023-10-16 Created: 2023-10-16 Last updated: 2023-10-16Bibliographically approved
Bottomley, J., Rinder, J. & Zeitler Lyne, S. (2023). The KTH guide to scientific writing: Sparking a conversation about how we write. In: : . Paper presented at KTH Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Stockholm, Sweden, March 7, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The KTH guide to scientific writing: Sparking a conversation about how we write
2023 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The recently launched KTH Guide to scientific writing in English emerged from the many discussions between teachers in Language and Communication and the wider KTH scientific writing community - students, lecturers and researchers - on the nature of effective scientific writing. As a result of these origins, the Guide is rooted in typical writing genres at KTH, and it draws on examples of these to provide guidance on the areas of sentence structure, punctuation, text flow and scientific style. Much of the focus in the Guide is on helping writers to make more informed choices, rather than simply follow rules. We hope to encourage them to explore their own preferences, and thus develop their own individual academic voice.

Keywords
scientific writing, academic writing, communication in STEM
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-326897 (URN)
Conference
KTH Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Stockholm, Sweden, March 7, 2023
Note

QC 20230707

Available from: 2023-05-15 Created: 2023-05-15 Last updated: 2023-08-25Bibliographically approved
Bottomley, J., Rinder, J. & Zeitler Lyne, S. (2023). The KTH guide to scientific writing: Sparking a conversation about writing. In: 19th International CDIO Conference, Engineering education for a smart, safe and sustainable future, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway: . Paper presented at 19th International CDIO Conference, Trondheim, Norway, June 26-29 2023 (pp. 208-217). Chalmers University of Technology
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The KTH guide to scientific writing: Sparking a conversation about writing
2023 (English)In: 19th International CDIO Conference, Engineering education for a smart, safe and sustainable future, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway, Chalmers University of Technology , 2023, p. 208-217Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The KTH Guide to scientific writing was created with the aim of supporting students and faculty with scientific writing in English. The guide is rooted in the typical writing genres of a technical university, and draws on examples of these to explore sentence structure, punctuation, text flow, and scientific style. Since its launch, the guide has become an integral part of classroom practice in the department of Language and Communication, and an online resource for all students and faculty at KTH. This paper presents our findings from the first stage of our evaluation of the guide. The evaluation consists of a short reflective questionnaire for users. We have begun to collect responses to the questions, and to conduct an inductive thematic analysis (ITA) to identify emerging themes. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Chalmers University of Technology, 2023
Series
Proceedings of the International CDIO Conference, ISSN 2002-1593
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-333618 (URN)2-s2.0-85177082727 (Scopus ID)
Conference
19th International CDIO Conference, Trondheim, Norway, June 26-29 2023
Note

Part of ISBN 978-823036186-3 

QC 20231206

Available from: 2023-08-04 Created: 2023-08-04 Last updated: 2023-12-14Bibliographically approved
Zeitler Lyne, S. (2011). The Subject of the Verbal Gerund: A Study of Variation in English. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Uppsala Universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Subject of the Verbal Gerund: A Study of Variation in English
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This study deals with variation between possessive/genitive and objective/plain forms of the subject of the verbal gerund clause (VGC) in Present-day and Late Modern British English, as in Would you object to my [me] paying her a visit? and Poor timing of spoonfuls can lead to the child’s [the child] feeling frustrated. According to the traditional prescriptivist view, the possessive/genitive form is the preferred variant. The aim of the present study is to explore to what extent possessive/genitive and objective/plain forms are used as subjects of VGCs, and to see what factors influence the variation.The study consists of synchronic and diachronic analyses. The synchronic data, drawn from the British National Corpus (BNC), represents four genres: Academic Prose, Fiction, News and Conversation. The diachronic data comprises collections of novels from the periods 1751–1800, 1851–1900 and 1960–1993 (the BNC Fiction genre). In addition to univariate analyses, multivariate analyses are performed in order to discover what factors carry more importance than others.When the VGC subject is a personal pronoun, e.g. my or me, genre plays a crucial role, with the proportion of possessives being conspicuously high in Academic Prose and significantly lower in the other genres. Regarding NPs other than personal pronouns, genre is not as important a factor; instead, the function of the VGC in the superordinate clause and linguistic factors such as animacy and the singular/plural distinction are also salient in determining variation.Moreover, results reveal that in the periods 1751–1800 and 1851–1900, the possessive form of a personal pronoun is the unchallenged norm, whereas the use of the possessive decreases considerably between the second and third periods. Genitive and plain-case forms of other NPs are evenly distributed in the first period; after that, the genitive is only used in certain contexts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala Universitet, 2011. p. 431
Keywords
BNC, British National Corpus, corpus linguistics, genitive, genre, gerund, ing-form, Late Modern English, linguistic variation, multivariate analysis, possessive, prescriptivism, Present-day English
National Category
Specific Languages
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-349632 (URN)
Note

QC 20240702

Available from: 2024-07-02 Created: 2024-07-02 Last updated: 2024-07-02Bibliographically approved
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