Disciplinary Discourses: Social Interactions in Academic Writing

Disciplinary Discourses: Social Interactions in Academic Writing

by Ken Hyland
     
 


Why do engineers "report" while philosophers "argue" and biologists "describe"? In the Michigan Classics Edition of Disciplinary Discourses: Social Interactions in Academic Writing, Ken Hyland examines the relationships between the cultures of academic communities and their unique discourses. Drawing on discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, andSee more details below

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Why do engineers "report" while philosophers "argue" and biologists "describe"? In the Michigan Classics Edition of Disciplinary Discourses: Social Interactions in Academic Writing, Ken Hyland examines the relationships between the cultures of academic communities and their unique discourses. Drawing on discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, and the voices of professional insiders, Ken Hyland explores how academics use language to organize their professional lives, carry out intellectual tasks, and reach agreement on what will count as knowledge. In addition, Disciplinary Discourses presents a useful framework for understanding the interactions between writers and their readers in published academic writing. From this framework, Hyland provides practical teaching suggestions and points out opportunities for further research within the subject area.

As issues of linguistic and rhetorical expression of disciplinary conventions are becoming more central to teachers, students, and researchers, the careful analysis and straightforward style of Disciplinary Discourses make it a remarkable asset.

The Michigan Classics Edition features a new preface by the author and a new foreword by John M. Swales.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472030248
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
07/22/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
1,309,816
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Disciplinary cultures, texts and interactions1
2Academic attribution : interaction through citation20
3Praise and criticism : interactions in book reviews41
4Speaking as an insider : promotion and credibility in abstracts63
5Priority and prudence : the scientific letter85
6Constructing an expert identity : interactions in textbooks104
7Researching and teaching academic writing132
8Power, authority and discourse change155
App. 1Corpora179
App. 2Items expressing doubt and certainty investigated188
App. 3Metadiscourse items investigated190

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