Date published: March 01, 2016

Undergraduate student set to have paper published in internationally renowned journal

BA (Hons) English Literature with English Language student, Lisa Donlan wants to show fellow undergraduate students that it is possible to have their work published in academic journals, after she received confirmation from International Journal, English Today that her paper will feature in a forthcoming issue.

Lisa, a level six student, was initially unaware of the quality of what she had written, when she submitted the work for an assignment in her level five module ‘History and Diversity in English’.

It was only when Dr Maggie Scott, Lecturer in English Language & Literature, stepped in and told her of the outstanding quality of her work that Lisa got the confidence to re-draft the essay and submit the article to an academic journal.

Lisa said “As an undergraduate student, I would never have had the confidence to submit an article to an academic journal, if it had not been for Maggie’s encouragement: she truly made me feel like I could make a worthwhile contribution to the academic research community.”

 The article entitled “Researching the Etymology of Australian English Colloquialisms in the Digital Age: Implications for Twenty-First Century Lexicography” explores the impact that the ease of online access to information about the origin of words is having on contemporary dictionary makers. Dr Scott remembers reading the essay for the first time.

She said: “When I first read Lisa’s essay on Australian English, I really felt that it deserved a wider audience. With insight and skill, she demonstrates that the digital humanities are opening up new methods and approaches to understanding word origins.

“I am delighted that her article will be published in the International journal English Today, and I hope she will inspire other students to be equally adventurous and ambitious.”

Lisa thanked Dr Scott for her support and encouragement throughout.

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