Academic Writing: Intercultural and Textual Issues

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Eija Ventola, Anna Mauranen
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 260 pages
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Writing is crucial to the academic world. It is the main mode of communication among scientists and scholars and also a means for students for obtaining their degrees. The papers in this volume highlight the intercultural, generic and textual complexities of academic writing. Comparisons are made between various traditions of academic writing in different cultures and contexts and the studies combine linguistic analyses with analyses of the social settings in which academic writing takes place and is acquired. The common denominator for the papers is writing in English and attention is given to native-English writers' and non-native writers' problems in different disciplines. The articles in the book introduce a variety of methodological approaches for analyses and search for better teaching methods and ways of improving the syllabi of writing curricula. The book as a whole illustrates how linguists strive for new research methods and practical applications in applied linguistics.
 

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Contents

Strategic Vagueness in Academic Writing
3
Three Hypothetical Strategies in Philosophical Writing
19
The Case of the Submission Letter
45
A Comparison of Genres
59
The Hidden Curriculum of Technology for Academic Writing Toward a Research Agenda
89
II CULTURE AND TEXTUALITY
113
Look in thy Heart and Write Students Representations of Writing and Learning to Write in a Foreign Language
115
Academic Writing in Czech and English
137
Packing and Unpacking of Information in Academic Texts
153
Discourse Competence Evidence from Thematic Development in Native and Nonnative Texts
195
A Case Study of a Finnish Graduate Student in the United States
231
Name Index
255
Subject Index
258
The series Pragmatics Beyond New Series
261
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