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Article: 'Small bits of textual material': A discourse analysis of Swales' writing

Title'Small bits of textual material': A discourse analysis of Swales' writing
Authors
Issue Date2008
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/esp
Citation
English For Specific Purposes, 2008, v. 27 n. 2, p. 143-160 How to Cite?
AbstractDespite his considerable influence on the development of ESP and all our professional lives, almost nothing has been written about John Swales' distinctive prose style. Based on a 340,000 word corpus comprising 14 single-authored papers and most chapters from his three main books, this paper sets out to identify the main features of this style. Using frequency, keyword and concordance analyses, I compare the Swales' corpus with a broader applied linguistics corpus of 710,000 words and identify self mention, hedging and attitude, reader engagement and considerateness as characteristic of Swalesian rhetoric. I conclude with the view that this is a disciplinary voice informed by a keen assessment of his readers and representing an independent creativity shaped by an accountability to shared practices. © 2006 The American University.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130129
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.143
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.659
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dc.contributor.authorHyland, Ken_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:47:29Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:47:29Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_HK
dc.identifier.citationEnglish For Specific Purposes, 2008, v. 27 n. 2, p. 143-160en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0889-4906en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130129-
dc.description.abstractDespite his considerable influence on the development of ESP and all our professional lives, almost nothing has been written about John Swales' distinctive prose style. Based on a 340,000 word corpus comprising 14 single-authored papers and most chapters from his three main books, this paper sets out to identify the main features of this style. Using frequency, keyword and concordance analyses, I compare the Swales' corpus with a broader applied linguistics corpus of 710,000 words and identify self mention, hedging and attitude, reader engagement and considerateness as characteristic of Swalesian rhetoric. I conclude with the view that this is a disciplinary voice informed by a keen assessment of his readers and representing an independent creativity shaped by an accountability to shared practices. © 2006 The American University.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/espen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofEnglish for Specific Purposesen_HK
dc.title'Small bits of textual material': A discourse analysis of Swales' writingen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHyland, K:khyland@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.esp.2006.10.005en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume27en_HK
dc.identifier.issue2en_HK
dc.identifier.spage143en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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