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Writing Business: Genres, Media and Discourses offers an analysis of the genres and functions of written discourse in the business context, involving a variety of modes of communication. The evolution of new forms of writing is a key focus of this collection and is only partly attributable to the ever increasing application of technology at work. Alongside machine-mediated texts such as electronic mail and computer-generated correspondence, the contextualised analyses of both traditional genres such as facsimiles...
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Overview

Writing Business: Genres, Media and Discourses offers an analysis of the genres and functions of written discourse in the business context, involving a variety of modes of communication. The evolution of new forms of writing is a key focus of this collection and is only partly attributable to the ever increasing application of technology at work. Alongside machine-mediated texts such as electronic mail and computer-generated correspondence, the contextualised analyses of both traditional genres such as facsimiles and direct mailing, and of lesser studied texts such as invitations for bids, contracts, business magazines and ceremonial speeches, reveal a rich complexity in the forms of communication evolved by organisations and the individuals who work within them, in response to the demands of the social, organisational and cultural contexts in which they operate. This rich textual variation is matched by a discussion of a range of methodological approaches to the development of business writing skills, including rhetorical analysis, organisational communication analysis, social constructionism, genre analysis and survey and experimental methods. Using authentic data and benefiting from a fresh, interdisciplinary approach, the volume will be of interest to students and researchers of business communication, Language for Specific Purposes (LSP), English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and sociolinguistics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317882282
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/11/2014
  • Series: Language In Social Life
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 360
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

1. Business Writing as Social Action, Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini and Catherine Nickerson.

I. ELECTRONIC MEDIA AND WRITING IN ORGANISATIONS.

2. The Use of English in Electronic Mail in a Multinational Corporation, Catherine Nickerson.
3. E-Mail: Uses, Issues and Problems in an Institutional Setting, Joan Mulholland.
4. The Mass Production of Unique Letters, David Sless.

II. IDENTITIES, DISCOURSE COMMUNITIES AND RHETORICAL STYLES.

5. Discourse Community, Culture, and Interaction: On Writing by Consulting Engineers, Karl-Heinz Pogner.
6. Meaning Creation and Genre across Cultures: Human Resource Management Magazines in Britain and Italy, Francesca Bargiela-Chiappini.
7. Words of Women: A Study of Executives' Rhetorical Strategies, Carol David.

III. BUSINESS GENRES AND THEIR LANGUAGE.

8. 'Can We Count on Your Bookings of Potatoes to Madeira?' Corporate Context and Discourse Practices in Direct Sales Letters, Miriam van Nus.
9. Towards a New Genre: A Comparative Study of Business Faxes, Didar Akar and Leena Louhiala Salminen.
10. Homing in on a Genre: Invitations for Bids, Leila Barbara and Mike Scott.

IV. THE BUSINESS OF RELATING: EFFECTIVENESS, ADAPTATION AND EMOTION IN WRITING.

11. Spanish Language Billboard Advertising in the US: Are There Effects on Anglos?, Ellen E. Touchstone,Pamela M. Homer and Scott Koslow.
12. English as a Lingua Franca in Written Corporate Communication: Finding from a European Survey, Sonja Vandermeeren.
13. Exploring Aspects of Context: Selected Findings from the Effective Writing for Management Project, Florence Davies, Gail Forey and David Hyatt.

EPILOGUE: AT THE INTERSECTION BETWEEN WRITING AND SPEAKING.

14. Intertextual Networks in Organisations: The Use of Written and Oral Business Discourse in Relation to Context, Eugenè Loos.
General Index.
Name Index.
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