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Article: Projecting an academic identity in some reflective genres

TitleProjecting an academic identity in some reflective genres
Authors
KeywordsAcademic writing
Doctoral prize applications
Homepages
Identity
Thesis acknowledgements
Issue Date2011
PublisherAELFE (Asociacion Europea de Lenguas para Fines Especificos). The Journal's web site is located at http://www.aelfe.org/?s=presentacio
Citation
Iberica, 2011, v. 21, p. 9-30 How to Cite?
AbstractResearch on academic writing has long stressed the connection between writing and the creation of an author's identity (Ivanič, 1998; Hyland, 2010). Identity is said to be created from the texts we engage in and the linguistic choices we make, thus relocating it from hidden processes of cognition to its social construction in discourse. Issues of agency and conformity, stability and change, remain controversial, however. Some writers question whether there is an unchanging self lurking behind such discourse and suggest that identity is a performance (see for instance Butler, 1990) while others see identity as the product of dominant discourses tied to institutional practices (Foucault, 1972). All this has been of particular interest to teachers and researchers of EAP because students and academics alike often feel uncomfortably positioned, even alienated, by the conventions of academic discourse. They sometimes complain that the voice they are forced to use requires them to talk like a book by adopting a formal and coldly analytical persona. In this paper I want to explore how we construct an identity in three rather neglected academic genres where the requirements of anonymity and impersonality are more relaxed. In thesis acknowledgements, doctoral prize applications and bio statements, writers are exempted from formal conventions of disciplinary argument and have an opportunity to reveal something of how they want to be seen by others. My question is: What use do they make of with these opportunities?
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/138192
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.194
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.442
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dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationIberica, 2011, v. 21, p. 9-30en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1139-7241en_HK
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dc.description.abstractResearch on academic writing has long stressed the connection between writing and the creation of an author's identity (Ivanič, 1998; Hyland, 2010). Identity is said to be created from the texts we engage in and the linguistic choices we make, thus relocating it from hidden processes of cognition to its social construction in discourse. Issues of agency and conformity, stability and change, remain controversial, however. Some writers question whether there is an unchanging self lurking behind such discourse and suggest that identity is a performance (see for instance Butler, 1990) while others see identity as the product of dominant discourses tied to institutional practices (Foucault, 1972). All this has been of particular interest to teachers and researchers of EAP because students and academics alike often feel uncomfortably positioned, even alienated, by the conventions of academic discourse. They sometimes complain that the voice they are forced to use requires them to talk like a book by adopting a formal and coldly analytical persona. In this paper I want to explore how we construct an identity in three rather neglected academic genres where the requirements of anonymity and impersonality are more relaxed. In thesis acknowledgements, doctoral prize applications and bio statements, writers are exempted from formal conventions of disciplinary argument and have an opportunity to reveal something of how they want to be seen by others. My question is: What use do they make of with these opportunities?en_HK
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherAELFE (Asociacion Europea de Lenguas para Fines Especificos). The Journal's web site is located at http://www.aelfe.org/?s=presentacio-
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dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectAcademic writingen_HK
dc.subjectDoctoral prize applicationsen_HK
dc.subjectHomepagesen_HK
dc.subjectIdentityen_HK
dc.subjectThesis acknowledgementsen_HK
dc.titleProjecting an academic identity in some reflective genresen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.emailHyland, K:khyland@hku.hken_HK
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dc.identifier.volume21en_HK
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