Commonality and Individuality in Academic Discourse

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Peter Lang, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 398 pages
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This volume explores the relationship between shared disciplinary norms and individual traits in academic speech and writing. Despite the standardising pressure of cultural and language-related factors, academic communication remains in many ways a highly personal affair, with active participation in a disciplinary community requiring a multidimensional discourse that combines the professional, institutional, social and individual identities of its members.
The first section of the volume deals with tensions involving individual/collective values and the analysis of collective vs. individual discoursal features in academic discourse. The second section comprises longitudinal investigations of the academic output of single scholars, so as to highlight the individuality in their choices and the reasons for not conforming with the commonality of conventions shared by their professional community. The third part deals with genres that are meant to impose commonality on the members of an academic community, not only in the drafting of specialized texts but also when these are reviewed or evaluated for possible publication.
 

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Contents

Maurizio Gotti
9
Investigations of the Output of Individual Scholars
14
Ken Hyland
25
Paul Thompson
53
Keith Richards
83
Laurie Anderson nicki Hargreaves Nicky Owtram
115
Belinda Crawford Camiciottoli
141
The Narrator and the Arguer
163
Carmen PerezLlantada
191
Franca Poppi
215
Susan Kermas
233
Thomas Christiansen
255
Maurizio Gotti
279
Martin Solly
305
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The Editor: Maurizio Gotti is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Research Centre on Specialized Languages (CERLIS) at the University of Bergamo. His main research areas are the features and origins of specialized discourse. He is a member of the editorial board of national and international journals, and edits the Linguistic Insights series for Peter Lang.

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