Scholarly Articles: Only for the Sophisticated?

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Obscure scholarly writing by university professors was and is an important problem. Academics hide behind the idea that unintelligible sentences indicate a clever mind. In everyday life, when we cannot understand what someone has said, this is the usual exchange: Listener:                        I cannot understand what you are saying. Speaker: […]

Your Research Paper’s Microstructure

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Here are seven linguistics tips regarding the microstructure of your research paper. Follow these basics and turn each paragraph into a logical and coherent text that will invite readers to explore your paper.   Make your paragraphs microstructure coherent and sequential by: Adding a clear topic sentence to each paragraph. […]

Dissertation Supervisors: When More Is Not Better

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Universities increasingly pride themselves on appointing two or more supervisors for each graduate student. If you plan to start your MA or PhD, don’t accept such ‘offer’ without reading this post. In case you’re already blessed with multiple supervisors, you might still finish your degree on time. Albeit with some […]

Chinese Quotations in English Research Papers

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I’m sometimes asked about citing Chinese sources in English research journals. So here are some tips in case you’re writing a paper in English and wish to include quotations translated from Chinese (or any character-based language) according to APA guidelines. Let’s assume you’ve translated a passage from a Chinese journal. […]

The Unbearable Modernity of Academic Writing

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Today’s academic writing has to instruct and entertain at the same time. Too much focus is on content, too little on the target audience. Publish or perish has become the current rallying cry for young academics. 1994. I was a graduate student in Linguistics. I happily migrated between my lecture […]

How to Turn your Thesis into a Book

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Any publisher you approach will most probably refuse to read your PhD manuscript in its original form. Unless your academic supervisor already allowed you to craft your thesis as a book script. Publishers want to see something closely resembling a book manuscript. So you need to change your thesis into […]

Publishing your PhD Thesis: Articles or Book?

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Have you recently obtained your PhD Degree? Been accepted as a new faculty member? Consider publishing asap? Welcome to a club in which yearly publications might or might not earn you promotion. But, at the very least, publications will earn you academic survival. So, go ahead and use your thesis […]