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Dr Shoshana Dreyfus

PhD (Education & Linguistics) University of Wollongong

Location:  19.1092
Telephone:  +61 2 4221 5976
Email: shooshi@uow.edu.au 

Shoshana Dreyfus is a teacher and researcher who specialises in systemic functional linguistics, genre and register theory, discourse analysis and academic literacy. She has almost 20 years research and teaching experience in functional and applied linguistics, and an additional background in education, in particular literacy education. Her research has mostly focused on non-verbal communication and language disorder, and discipline-specific academic literacy, as well as developments in systemic functional linguistic theory and discourse semantics. In addition to these areas, she is interested in many applications of linguistic theory to a wide range of objects of study including language and power, evaluative language, and media discourse. She has received a number of research grants and has supervised research students in language and identity, research writing, academic literacy, gendered representations of sports women and men, political discourse and the discourse of physics. I am currently the Secretary of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA), co-convenor of the 2016 ASFLA national conference and a reviewer for a number of linguistics journals including Functions of Language, The Australian Journal of Linguistics, Linguistics and the Human Sciences, Text and Talk and Applied Linguistics Association Journal of Australia.

Research Interests

Systemic functional linguistics, genre and register theory, discourse analysis and academic literacy, literacy education, non-verbal communication and language disorder, and discipline-specific academic literacy, language and identity, research writing, academic literacy, language and power, taking responsibility in language, gendered representations of sports women and men, political discourse, circumstantiation

Current Research Projects

  • Labelling Appraisal states in social media data (with Defence Science and Technology Group & UNSW) $75,000

Publications

Books

  • 2016 Dreyfus, S., Humphrey, S., Mahboob, A. & Martin, J.R. (2016) Genre Pedagogy in Higher Education: The SLATE Project. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2011 Dreyfus, S., Hood, S., & Stenglin, M. (eds) (2011) Semiotic Margins: meaning in multimodalities. London: Continuum.

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • Dreyfus, S. (2017) ‘ “Mum, the pot broke”: taking responsibility (or not) in language’ Discourse & Society, 28(4), 374-391 
  • Forthcoming Dreyfus, S. & Tilakaratna, N. ‘I have a fondness for cadavers…’: issues arising from using APPRAISAL to analyse a corpus of blog entries. Text & Talk. (Submitted January 2017).
  • 2017 Dreyfus, S. & Bennett, I. (2017) ‘Circumstantiation: taking a broader look at circumstantial meaning’. Functional Linguistics, 4(5). Springer Open.
  • 2015 J.R. Martin & Dreyfus, S. (2015) ‘Scaffolding semogenesis: designing teacher/student interactions for face-to-face and on-line learning’, in S. Starc, A. Maiorani, C. Jones (eds). Meaning-making Processes in Text. London: Palgrave.
  • 2013 Dreyfus, S. (2013) ‘Life’s a bond: a framework for the communication of a non-verbal intellectually disabled teenager’. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders. London: Equinox. (4)2, p249-271.
  • 2013 Dreyfus, S. (2013) ‘Locating and Affiliating: A framework for understanding the non-verbal multimodal communication of a young man with complex communication needs’. AGOSCI in Focus, June, Issue 35 v1, p13-17.
  • 2013 Dreyfus, S. & Macnaught, L. (2013) ‘Joint Construction in the SLATE project’. Linguistics and the Human Sciences. (special edition), V7, p77-99. London: Equinox.
  • 2012 Humphrey, S. & Dreyfus, S. (2012) ‘Exploring the Interpretive Genre in Applied Linguistics’. Indonesian Journal of Systemic Functional Linguistics. V1 n2, p156-174.
    Dreyfus, S., Humphrey, S. & Macnaught, L. (2011) ‘Understanding Joint construction in the tertiary context’. Linguistics and the Human Sciences. London: Equinox.
  • 2011 Dreyfus, S.J. & Jones, P. (2011) ‘Mapping Place: further delicacy in circumstantiation’. In Fang Yan (ed), Explorations in the theory and application of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Beijing: Higher Education Press of China.
  • 2011 Dreyfus, S. (2011) ‘Grappling with a non-speech language: describing and theorising the nonverbal multimodal communication of a child with an intellectual disability’, in S. Dreyfus, S. Hood & M. Stenglin (eds) Semiotic Margins: meaning in multimodalities. London: Continuum.
  • 2010 Mahboob, A., Dreyfus, S., Humphrey, S. & Martin, J. R. (2010) ‘Appliable Linguistics and English Language Teaching: the Scaffolding Literacy in Adult and Tertiary Environments (SLATE) project’. In A. Mahboob & N. Knight (eds) Appliable Linguistics: texts, contexts and meanings. London: Continuum. pp25-43.
  • 2010 Humphrey, S., Martin, J. R., Dreyfus, S. & Mahboob, A. (2010) ‘The 3x3: setting up a linguistic toolbox for teaching and assessing academic writing’. In A. Mahboob & N. Knight (eds) Appliable Linguistics: texts, contexts and meanings. London: Continuum. pp185-199.
  • 2010 Dreyfus, S. & Jones, S. (2010) ‘Ben Cousins: fallen hero or disgraced role model’. In A. Mahboob & N. Knight (eds) Appliable Linguistics: texts, contexts and meanings. London: Continuum. pp114-129
  • 2007 Christie, F. & Dreyfus, S. (2007) ‘Letting the secret out: mentoring successful writing in secondary English studies’. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. v30 n3 p235-247

Refereed Conference Publications

  • Dreyfus, S. & Jones, P. (2008) Making sense of place: further descriptions of Circumstance of location. Voices from around the world conference proceedings July 2008. Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Dreyfus, S. (2008) A systemic functional approach to misunderstandings. Bridging Discourses: Online Proceedings of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association conference, July 2007, University of Wollongong.

Papers in Preparation

  • Dreyfus, S., Kubel, C, Tartarino, F.& Fleming, R.‘To fence or not to fence? that is the question: Attitudes to fences as a means of confining people with dementia in residential aged care settings’.
  • Smith, L., Dreyfus, S. & Dowse, L. Understanding ‘support’: lessons for the NDIS
  • Dreyfus, S. Smith, L. & Dowse, L. Understanding the meaning of support
  • Dreyfus, S. & Tilakaratna, N. ‘Where did my sanity go? Actually, I think I dropped it in a bottomless puddle last night.’ Reasons for intercoder differences in the application of ATTITUDE to a large corpus of blog data. Linguistics and the Human Sciences.
  • Dowse, L., Dew, A., Didi, A., Dreyfus, S. Hogan, L., Smith, L. and Wiese, M. Developing a Framework for Behaviour Support in the NDIS. Issues Paper. Sydney: University of New South Wales.
  • Dreyfus, S., & Tilakaratna, N. ‘Dealing with difficult emotions: exploring the limits and expanding the scope of the ATTITUDE system in APPRAISAL research. Functions of Language.

Potential topics for HDR & Honours Supervision

systemic functional linguistics, genre and register theory, discourse analysis and academic literacy, literacy education, non-verbal communication and language disorder, and discipline-specific academic literacy, language and identity, research writing, academic literacy, gendered representations of sports women and men, political discourse
 

 

Last reviewed: 30 May, 2018