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Disciplinary Discourses: Social Interactions in Academic Writing

Disciplinary Discourses: Social Interactions in Academic Writing

by Ken Hyland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472030248

ISBN-13: 9780472030248

Pub. Date: 07/22/2004

Publisher: University of Michigan Press


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

Overview


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472030248
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
07/22/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgementsxv
1.Disciplinary cultures, texts and interactions1
The importance of academic writing2
The social creation of knowledge5
Disciplinary cultures8
Texts as social interaction12
Approaches to academic interactions14
2.Academic attribution: interaction through citation20
Citation and intertextuality: some preliminaries20
Citation signals22
An overview of academic citation24
Hard v soft knowledge and community practices29
Contextualisation and the construction of knowledge30
Agency and epistemology in citations33
Ownership and membership in disciplinarity34
Ethos and evaluation: the use of reporting verbs37
Conclusions40
3.Praise and criticism: interactions in book reviews41
The book review genre42
Evaluation in reviews44
Dimensions of praise and criticism46
Disciplinary differences in evaluations49
Structural patterns of praise and criticism52
Mitigation of evaluative acts55
Conclusions61
4.Speaking as an insider: promotion and credibility in abstracts63
About abstracts64
Texts, informants and methods66
A move-structure classification of abstracts67
Move-structure and rhetorical persuasion68
Disciplinary differences in abstract structures70
Claiming significance in abstracts75
Claiming insider credibility78
Evolving patterns: 1980-199781
5.Priority and prudence: the scientific letter85
The letter genre85
What are hedges and boosters?87
Forms and frequencies of hedges and boosters90
Circumspection and uncertainty: hedging in knowledge-making91
Priority and solidarity: boosters in significance negotiation97
Putting it together: hedges and boosters in letters101
6.Constructing an expert identity: interactions in textbooks104
The textbook genre104
Audience and metadiscourse109
A model of metadiscourse110
An overview of textbook metadiscourse113
Making connections: patterns of textual interactions116
Constructing a writer persona: interpersonal metadiscourse122
Negotiating expert status: some teaching and learning issues129
7.Researching and teaching academic writing132
A social approach to researching texts132
A methodology for studying academic texts136
Sources and analysis of data138
Disciplines, texts and teaching144
Moving on: some directions for research150
8.Power, authority and discourse change155
Analysing discourse and power155
The ideological power of academic discourses159
The economic power of academic discourses164
The authority of discourses in disciplinary practices167
Writer variations, social shifts and discourse change172
Endwords176
Appendix 1Corpora179
Appendix 2Items expressing doubt and certainty investigated188
Appendix 3Metadiscourse items investigated190
References194
Subject Index208
Author Index210

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