Title of presentation: Saying what you think … or what you think you are saying: an example from French and English.
Dr Kerry Mullan is coordinator of French Studies at RMIT University. Her main research interests are cross-cultural communication, differing interactional styles, and discourse analysis. Her PhD research examined the distinct styles of French and Australian English speakers in the expression of opinions, specifically the interactional functions and semantics of the expressions I think, and the three French (approximate) equivalents, je pense, je crois and je trouve. She is currently investigating the contrasting ways of using of humour in French and Australian social visits with colleagues Christine Béal and Veronique Traverso. Kerry is also an active member of ISFAR (Institute for the Study of French-Australian Relations), and co-organiser of the Melbourne Salon, a joint initiative with ISFAR and the Alliance Française de Melbourne.