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TitleClaiming a territory: Relative clauses in journal descriptions
 
AuthorsTse, P2
Hyland, K1
 
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
 
CitationJournal Of Pragmatics, 2010, v. 42 n. 7, p. 1880-1889 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2009.12.025
 
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.
 
ISSN0378-2166
2013 Impact Factor: 0.889
2013 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.038
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2009.12.025
 
ISI Accession Number IDWOS:000278648600009
 
ReferencesReferences in Scopus
 
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dc.contributor.authorHyland, K
 
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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.
 
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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2009.12.025
 
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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 discourse
 
dc.subjectEvaluation
 
dc.subjectJournal descriptions
 
dc.subjectRelative clauses
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. The University of Hong Kong
  2. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology