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Talk: Comparing Academic Writing: Some Lexical and Stylistic Features of German and English
Date: 28 April 2010 

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures has the pleasure of inviting you to the following talk:

Comparing Academic Writing: Some Lexical and Stylistic Features of German and English

Professor Christian Fandrych
Herder-Institut, Leipzig University

Date: April 28 (Wednesday)
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Venue: KKLG102, K.K. Leung Building, HKU
Language: English

Professor Fandrych will look at the different ways in which the process of “Academic Writing” is conceptualised in German and English, and at the implications this may have for scholars and students writing in a second language. He will particularly focus on the linguistic actions adopted by authors when referring to their own text or reporting on the research of others. He will discuss how striking differences in the stylistic and lexical choices of German and English authors seem to correspond to different ways of conceptualising “academic text”.

About the speaker:
Christian Fandrych holds a PhD in linguistics and modern German word formation from the University of Munich and is currently Professor of Linguistics (German as a Foreign Language) and Head of Department at the University of Leipzig. He has published extensively in the areas of German linguistics, language teaching and acquisition, academic discourse, and contrastive linguistics. He is currently co-authoring a monograph on German textual genres, as well as conducting a major externally funded project on spoken academic discourse in German, Polish, and English.

All are welcome.

For enquiries, please contact Ms. Yvonne Yeung via email at

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