Other Floors, Other Voices: A Textography of a Small University Building

Other Floors, Other Voices: A Textography of a Small University Building

by John M. Swales
     
 

ISBN-10: 0805820876

ISBN-13: 9780805820874

Pub. Date: 05/28/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

John Swales' textography might also be called "comparative rhetoric in a small building," offering proof, once again, that another culture may be only a trip up or down a flight of stairs. On its three floors, Swales finds modes of text-building as distinctive and exotic as field-workers find in remote valleys and isolated islands: one floor languaging about frozen…  See more details below

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John Swales' textography might also be called "comparative rhetoric in a small building," offering proof, once again, that another culture may be only a trip up or down a flight of stairs. On its three floors, Swales finds modes of text-building as distinctive and exotic as field-workers find in remote valleys and isolated islands: one floor languaging about frozen Unix stations; the next creating, partly in Latin, the Flora Novo-Galiciana; and the third offering a range of genres that attempt to variously negotiate the "theory-practice" requirements of English as a second language. Each community is closely observed and described in almost sensuous detail, so that we not only gain real insight into the way the writing is done on the three floors, but also feel the adventure of it and, best of all, learn to hear the individual voices in each community.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805820874
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Series:
Rhetoric, Knowledge, and Society Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 7.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1430L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Editor's Introduction
1Scenarios1
2Communities of Practice?28
3Text and Text-Life in the Herbarium79
4Textways in the English Language Institute143
5Reflections190
References209
Author Index217
Subject Index221

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