Cross-linguistic and Cross-cultural Perspectives on Academic Discourse

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Eija Suomela-Salmi, Fred Dervin
John Benjamins Publishing, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 299 pages
The goal of this volume is to examine academic discourse (AD) from cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspectives. The adjective "Cross-cultural" in the volume title is not just limited to national contexts but also includes a cross-disciplinary perspective. Twelve scientific fields are under scrutiny in the articles. One of the unique aspects of the volume is the inclusion of a variety of foreign languages (English (as a lingua franca), Spanish, French, Swedish, Russian, German, Italian, and Norwegian). Besides, in several articles dealing with oral AD, comparisons and parallels are also established with written AD. The research methodologies used in the studies are varied and they offer an overview of the diversity and richness of approaches to AD. All in all, it is hoped that the volume appeals not only to young researchers but also to confirmed scholars interested in cross-linguistic and cross-cultural aspects of AD. It will also be of interest to language teachers or teachers who are involved with e.g. international students and academic mobility.
 

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Contents

Introduction
Discursive characteristics of AD
As academics we are not disposed to say I know the world is round
Certainty and commitment in the construction of academic knowledge in the humanities
Citation in business management research articles
A crosscultural comparison of the functions and sociolinguistic distribution of English and German tag questions and discourse markers in academic ...
Different voices
Polyphony in academic discourse
Crosscultural rhetoric
The use of contrastive strategies in a sociology research paper
Different worlds different audiences
Spoken rhetoric
Argumentative strategies in conference discussions sessions
Construction of concepts in the academia
Clash of the Titans
Semantic and discursive construction of identities

Academic voices in the research article
Author identity in economics and linguistics abstracts
Exploring the polyphonic dimension of academic book review articles in the discourse of linguistics
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