Maryam Nasseri

Maryam Nasseri

Department of English Language and Linguistics
Doctoral researcher

Contact details

PhD title: Building a model of lexical and syntactic complexity of academic writing: The case of linguistic proficiency of EFL, ESL and English L1 postgraduate students
Supervisors: Dr Paul Thompson and Dr Bodo Winter
PhD English Language and Applied Linguistics

Doctoral research

PhD title
Building a model of lexical and syntactic complexity of academic writing: The case of linguistic proficiency of EFL, ESL and English L1 postgraduate students

Research

 This research has a four-fold purpose. First, It investigates the linguistic proficiency differences in academic writing between three groups of EFL, ESL, and English L1 master’s students. Second, by employing various statistical methods, it tests and evaluates two sets of lexical and syntactic complexity measures to find out which ones are the best indicators and predictors of linguistic proficiency at the postgraduate level. Third, via a genre-based approach, it seeks out the lexical and syntactic characteristics of dissertation sub-genres. Finally, guided by the principles of corpus linguistics and model-building statistics, this research aims to build a model of lexical and syntactic complexity of sub-genres of academic writing at the postgraduate level.

Other activities

  • Member of isLE (the International Society for the Linguistics of English) since 2016
  • Member of UKLO (UK Linguistics Olympiad) linguist markers group since 2016
  • Member of Brilliant Talents Society in Iran 2005-2007 and 2007-2009
  • Linguist marker of the UK Linguistics Olympiad 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Editor and proofreader since 2007 (Bidgol Publishers, LAL Academy)
  • Translator English, Farsi, Frensh, Arabic since 2005
  • Research Gate profile : https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Maryam_Nasseri

Publications

  • Nasseri, M. (2018). Book Review: A guide to doing statistics in second language research using SPSS and R by Jenifer Larson-Hall, 2016. System, 72, 241-243. 
  • Nasseri, M. (2017). A Corpus-based Analysis of Syntactic Complexity measures in the Academic Writing of EFL, ESL, and Native English Master’s Students. The 9th International Corpus Linguistics Conference, University of Birmingham, 25-28 July 2017.
  • Nasseri, M. (2017). Syntactic proficiency in an academic corpus: Do ESL, EFL, and NS use syntactic structures differently? BELP 2017, 7th April 2017, University of Birmingham, Birmingham: UK.
  • Nasseri, M. (2016). A call for standardisation of lexical complexity measures ,3rd ShefLing PGC Conference, January 27-28th 2016, University of Sheffield, Sheffield: UK. (For the abstract and the extensive review of this conference that I wrote and published, please visit http://www.lalacademy.net/what-happened-at-shefling-pg-conference-2016/  ).
  • Nasseri, M. (2016). The complexities of lexical complexity measures: the case of terms, definitions, and measurement criteria, BELP 2016, 22nd April 2016, University of Birmingham, Birmingham: UK.
  • Nasseri, M. (2016). Why was it “Brexit”, not “Bristay”? A Note on the Psycholinguistic Effects of message Exposure and Priming on Decision Making. Retrieved from http://www.lalacademy.net/why-was-it-brexit-not-bristay/
  • Nasseri, M. (2010). A gender-based study of informal fallacies of argumentation: The case of advanced Iranian EFL learners’ argumentative writing. Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics, 13(2), 19-45. (co-authored with Atai, M.R) download the article via http://en.journals.sid.ir/ViewPaper.aspx?ID=247557
  • Nasseri, M. (2010). Argumentative writing and gender: Selection of evidence types by Iranian advanced learners. Proceedings of the First Conference on ELT in the Islamic World. ILI, Tehran, Iran. (co-authored with Atai, M.R)