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Article: Humble servants of the discipline? Self-mention in research articles

TitleHumble servants of the discipline? Self-mention in research articles
Authors
KeywordsDisciplinary authority
Identity
Research writing
Self-citation
Issue Date2001
PublisherPergamon. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/esp
Citation
English For Specific Purposes, 2001, v. 20 n. 3, p. 207-226 How to Cite?
AbstractIn this paper, I examine the view that research writing is a modest, self-effacing task which involves authors eradicating themselves from their texts to gain acceptance for their work. Conflicting advice in textbooks and style guides, and the apparently diverse conventions of different disciplines, mean that the extent to which writers can explicitly intrude into their discourse is highly problematic for students, teachers, and experienced writers alike. However, the choices which express writer presence are also closely associated with authorial identity and authority and these not only affect the ideational meaning that writers convey, but also influence the impression they make on their readers. Self-mention is therefore a powerful rhetorical strategy for emphasising a writer's contribution. Here I focus on the use of self-citation and exclusive first person pronouns in a corpus of 240 research articles in eight disciplines. Through an analysis of these texts and interviews with expert informants I seek to reveal something of how self-mention is used and perceived as a way of understanding more about writing in the disciplines and about the kinds of options available to students. © 2001 The American University. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130169
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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.accessioned2010-12-23T08:47:35Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:47:35Z-
dc.date.issued2001en_HK
dc.identifier.citationEnglish For Specific Purposes, 2001, v. 20 n. 3, p. 207-226en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0889-4906en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130169-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, I examine the view that research writing is a modest, self-effacing task which involves authors eradicating themselves from their texts to gain acceptance for their work. Conflicting advice in textbooks and style guides, and the apparently diverse conventions of different disciplines, mean that the extent to which writers can explicitly intrude into their discourse is highly problematic for students, teachers, and experienced writers alike. However, the choices which express writer presence are also closely associated with authorial identity and authority and these not only affect the ideational meaning that writers convey, but also influence the impression they make on their readers. Self-mention is therefore a powerful rhetorical strategy for emphasising a writer's contribution. Here I focus on the use of self-citation and exclusive first person pronouns in a corpus of 240 research articles in eight disciplines. Through an analysis of these texts and interviews with expert informants I seek to reveal something of how self-mention is used and perceived as a way of understanding more about writing in the disciplines and about the kinds of options available to students. © 2001 The American University. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.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.subjectDisciplinary authorityen_HK
dc.subjectIdentityen_HK
dc.subjectResearch writingen_HK
dc.subjectSelf-citationen_HK
dc.titleHumble servants of the discipline? Self-mention in research articlesen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHyland, K:khyland@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1016/S0889-4906(00)00012-0en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume20en_HK
dc.identifier.issue3en_HK
dc.identifier.spage207en_HK
dc.identifier.epage226en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK
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