Author Archives: nifferball


Oh My goodness!!! Pretty excited about the link to Zotero.  I am going to have to check this out when it is not just an excuse not to make lexical strings, which I think I can also do on this!! What does it mean to import an ontology, I wonder? I am as yet […]

The Expanding Circle

I have started this category to encourage myself to think about the bigger picture and how I can write this all up in some meaningful way.  Of course my fear is that I will find that it is not very important for us to teach our students good English and any token amount of English […]

What do these teachers want?

Does the teacher really value dense writing? – does anyone anymore – publish widely for a wide audience?  I believe we are seeing the popularisation of academic writing; we are unpacking the nominalisations for the modern (lazy) audience

Finally Beginning

First attempt to do lexical strings in 3 egs of student writing. I am having trouble knowing how to categorise the type of connection.  One eg is when it is an adjective or a quality of the head word item.  This seems neither a sub class or part.  I am also not sure whether to […]

Skype meeting 05.12.17- From Tblisi Summary Action require Update Research questions I said how to actually do the data analysis was worrying me–I am trying to read but feel unfocused because SFL feels too vast so am wanting some direction so a fair bit of discussion was about that: Susan said:  get back to research […]

Supervisor meeting 15.01.18 – By Phone from Barrington

Answer for Zuocheng re whether the comments on the English essays were by me or another teacher: Another teacher.  Along with one round of ethics edits I was told, “We would prefer Jennifer not to use her own students” This is a little tricky as technically nobody is still my student by the time I […]

I love the thought of the entrance to the National Gallery of Georgia being in someone’s backyard.


Fleshed out?

Is Arabic academic language flowery?   What about Fleshed out? – Can someone who uses this in their English writing accuse Arabic of being flowery?

Dhofari Arabic

A good site for language stats and background

Supervisor’s meeting

Notes from Supervisory meeting 15.09.17 Topic Action Problem with Skype. Unfortunately, your voices were not recorded but these are the notes as I remember, prompted by my answers.   Fix Skype on my computer or find alternative. Data We discussed what data I have and what I might need.  The data comes from different students […]