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Biography

 

Hilary Nesi’s research primarily concerns the discourse of English for academic purposes, and the design and use of dictionaries and reference tools. She was principal investigator for the AHRB-funded project to create the BASE corpus of British Academic Spoken English (2001-2005), and for the ESRC-funded project to create the BAWE corpus of British Academic Written English (2004-2007). Hilary has also collected and analysed the business correspondence component of the JISC-funded BT e-Archive, and was principal investigator for the AHRC Research Networking project ‘Digitising experiences of migration: the development of interconnected letter collections’.

Hilary has developed materials for the study of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) as principal investigator for the project to produce academic writing materials for the British Council ‘Learn English’ website, and as Chief Academic Advisor for the EASE EAP speaking and listening series. Her research monographs and articles include The Use and Abuse of EFL Dictionaries and Genres across the Disciplines: Student writing in higher education, co-authored with Sheena Gardner.

 

Vision Statement:

 

Although communication is at the heart of academic endeavour, there are still huge gaps in our knowledge of how this communication is achieved in different academic contexts. Through my research I want to contribute to our knowledge of the nature of academic discourse, and how it varies across genres, disciplines, levels of study and geographical regions. I also want to find good ways of presenting and explaining this information to scholars and fellow-teachers, so that it can be applied most effectively, at a time when the use of English as an academic lingua franca is rapidly on the rise.

 

Research Interests

Language corpora; Academic writing; Academic speech events; Dictionary design and use; English for Specific Purposes; English for Academic Purposes

Vision Statement

Although communication is at the heart of academic endeavour, there are still huge gaps in our knowledge of how this communication is achieved in different academic contexts. Through my research I want to contribute to our knowledge of the nature of academic discourse, and how it varies across genres, disciplines, levels of study and geographical regions. I also want to find good ways of presenting and explaining this information to scholars and fellow-teachers, so that it can be applied most effectively, at a time when the use of English as an academic lingua franca is rapidly on the rise.

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Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate, University of London

Doctorate, Swansea University

MSc, Aston University

Postgraduate Certificate, University of Hull

Degree, University of Leicester

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Research Output 1987 2019

Corpus from scratch: Collecting and processing a sizeable EAP corpus in a (relatively) resource-poor context

Mathew, P., Nesi, H. & Vincent, B., 2019, Proceedings of the 2017 BALEAP Conference: Addressing the state of the union: Working together = learning together. Gillway, M. (ed.). Reading: Garnet Education, p. 93-102 10 p.

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Corpus Data
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university

Everything you ever wanted to know about dictionaries but were afraid to ask: A Massive Open Online Course

Creese, S., McGillivray, B., Nesi, H., Rundell, M. & Sule, K., 2018, Proceedings of the XVIII EURALEX International Congress,17-21 July 2018.. Krek, S. (ed.). Ljubljana, Slovenia: EURALEX, Vol. (in press). p. (in press)

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Institutional collaboration in the creation of digital linguistic resources: the case of the British Telecom Correspondence Corpus

Morton, R. & Nesi, H., 3 Dec 2018, (Accepted/In press) Communities, Archives and New Collaborative Practices. Popple, S., Prescott, S. & Mutibwa, D. (eds.). Bristol: Policy Press, Vol. (in press). p. (in press)

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Activities 1994 2018

British Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Conference

Hilary Nesi (Speaker), Sheena Gardner (Speaker)
7 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Journal of English for Academic Purposes (Journal)

Hilary Nesi (Co-editor)
1 Jan 201831 Dec 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Roles and registers: Linguistic variation in university student writing

Hilary Nesi (Keynote speaker)
28 Nov 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Lingua (Journal)

Hilary Nesi (Associate Editor)
1 Dec 201730 Nov 2020

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Corpus Linguistics in the South Conference 2017

Sian Alsop (Speaker), Hilary Nesi (Speaker)
28 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course