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Article: Claiming a territory: Relative clauses in journal descriptions

TitleClaiming a territory: Relative clauses in journal descriptions
Authors
KeywordsAcademic discourse
Evaluation
Journal descriptions
Relative clauses
Issue Date2010
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/pragma
Citation
Journal Of Pragmatics, 2010, v. 42 n. 7, p. 1880-1889 How to Cite?
Abstract
The study of evaluative features of language has been a productive source of insights into academic discourse in recent years, revealing the ways that persuasion is achieved in a range of genres. This research, however, has largely focused on word-level features, such as stance adverbials and evaluative adjectives (e.g. Hunston and Thompson, 2000), with the evaluative potential of clause-level resources under-explored. Nor has research had much to tell us about the more peripheral genres of the academy which are concerned with the distribution, rather than the production, of knowledge. In this paper we address both these issues by examining the role of the relative clause construction in a corpus of journal descriptions, the texts which define and endorse the goals and position of a journal. Our analysis of 200 journal descriptions in four contrasting disciplines reveals that relative clauses have an important, and perhaps surprising, role to play in this genre, functioning pragmatically as an evaluative and persuasive tool to promote academic journals. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130134
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2013 Impact Factor: 0.889
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.038
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorTse, Pen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHyland, Ken_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:47:30Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:47:30Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Pragmatics, 2010, v. 42 n. 7, p. 1880-1889en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0378-2166en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130134-
dc.description.abstractThe study of evaluative features of language has been a productive source of insights into academic discourse in recent years, revealing the ways that persuasion is achieved in a range of genres. This research, however, has largely focused on word-level features, such as stance adverbials and evaluative adjectives (e.g. Hunston and Thompson, 2000), with the evaluative potential of clause-level resources under-explored. Nor has research had much to tell us about the more peripheral genres of the academy which are concerned with the distribution, rather than the production, of knowledge. In this paper we address both these issues by examining the role of the relative clause construction in a corpus of journal descriptions, the texts which define and endorse the goals and position of a journal. Our analysis of 200 journal descriptions in four contrasting disciplines reveals that relative clauses have an important, and perhaps surprising, role to play in this genre, functioning pragmatically as an evaluative and persuasive tool to promote academic journals. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/pragmaen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofJournal of Pragmaticsen_HK
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Pragmatics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Pragmatics, 2010, v. 42 n. 7, p. 1880–1889. DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2009.12.025-
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectAcademic discourseen_HK
dc.subjectEvaluationen_HK
dc.subjectJournal descriptionsen_HK
dc.subjectRelative clausesen_HK
dc.titleClaiming a territory: Relative clauses in journal descriptionsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=0378-2166&volume=42&issue=7&spage=1880–1889&epage=&date=2010&atitle=Claiming+a+territory:+Relative+clauses+in+journal+descriptions-
dc.identifier.emailHyland, K:khyland@hku.hken_HK
dc.identifier.authorityHyland, K=rp01133en_HK
dc.description.naturepostprinten_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.pragma.2009.12.025en_HK
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-77952886427en_HK
dc.identifier.hkuros177330-
dc.relation.referenceshttp://www.scopus.com/mlt/select.url?eid=2-s2.0-77952886427&selection=ref&src=s&origin=recordpageen_HK
dc.identifier.volume42en_HK
dc.identifier.issue7en_HK
dc.identifier.spage1880en_HK
dc.identifier.epage1889en_HK
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000278648600009-
dc.publisher.placeNetherlandsen_HK
dc.identifier.citeulike6746466-

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