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Article: 'The leading journal in its field': evaluation in journal descriptions

Title'The leading journal in its field': evaluation in journal descriptions
Authors
KeywordsAcademic discourse
Evaluation
Genre analysis
Journal description
Moves
Promotion
Issue Date2009
PublisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105520
Citation
Discourse Studies, 2009, v. 11 n. 6, p. 703-720 How to Cite?
AbstractEvaluation, as the expression of a writer's attitudes, opinions and values, has become a key term in discourse studies in recent years and has proved to be a particularly fruitful way of analysing academic texts. But while studies have shown the importance of evaluation in research genres, its role in seemingly more promotional academic genres has been largely neglected. This article examines the journal description (JD), a brief but ubiquitous feature of all journals, whether online or in print. Situated at the academic-commercial interface, the JD provides information for prospective readers and authors while endorsing a particular view of the field and positioning the journal in the academic community. Drawing on a corpus of 200 JDs in four contrasting disciplines, we show how evaluation is a key feature of this genre, influencing both lexical choices and rhetorical structure. The analysis contributes both to our understanding of a neglected academic genre and the evaluative resources of language. © 2009 SAGE Publications.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130180
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dc.contributor.authorHyland, Ken_HK
dc.contributor.authorTse, Pen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:47:37Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:47:37Z-
dc.date.issued2009en_HK
dc.identifier.citationDiscourse Studies, 2009, v. 11 n. 6, p. 703-720en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1461-4456en_HK
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dc.description.abstractEvaluation, as the expression of a writer's attitudes, opinions and values, has become a key term in discourse studies in recent years and has proved to be a particularly fruitful way of analysing academic texts. But while studies have shown the importance of evaluation in research genres, its role in seemingly more promotional academic genres has been largely neglected. This article examines the journal description (JD), a brief but ubiquitous feature of all journals, whether online or in print. Situated at the academic-commercial interface, the JD provides information for prospective readers and authors while endorsing a particular view of the field and positioning the journal in the academic community. Drawing on a corpus of 200 JDs in four contrasting disciplines, we show how evaluation is a key feature of this genre, influencing both lexical choices and rhetorical structure. The analysis contributes both to our understanding of a neglected academic genre and the evaluative resources of language. © 2009 SAGE Publications.en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherSage Publications Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journal.aspx?pid=105520en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofDiscourse Studiesen_HK
dc.rightsDiscourse Studies. Copyright © Sage Publications Ltd.-
dc.subjectAcademic discourseen_HK
dc.subjectEvaluationen_HK
dc.subjectGenre analysisen_HK
dc.subjectJournal descriptionen_HK
dc.subjectMovesen_HK
dc.subjectPromotionen_HK
dc.title'The leading journal in its field': evaluation in journal descriptionsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailHyland, K:khyland@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1461445609347234en_HK
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dc.identifier.volume11en_HK
dc.identifier.issue6en_HK
dc.identifier.spage703en_HK
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dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_HK

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