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Article: Evaluation in academic discourse: Managing criticism in Japanese and English book reviews

TitleEvaluation in academic discourse: Managing criticism in Japanese and English book reviews
Authors
KeywordsAcademic discourse
Criticism
Face
Japanese culture
Language of evaluation
Mitigation devices
Issue Date2011
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/pragma
Citation
Journal Of Pragmatics, 2011, v. 43 n. 5, p. 1366-1379 How to Cite?
AbstractEvaluative language features prominently in academic discourse, especially in book reviews. Previous studies have suggested that the use of criticism and its mitigation devices may be culturally bound. However, so far, there has been no study which explicitly compares the use of criticism in Japanese and English book reviews. This paper investigates how criticism is managed in English and Japanese book reviews. An analysis of a corpus of twenty English and twenty Japanese book reviews in the field of linguistics shows that while there are similarities, there are distinctive differences. At the global level, praise is more prominently used in English book reviews to establish solidarity and rapport while apology and self-denigration are used in Japanese reviews. At the local level, 'rhetorical questions', 'self-denigration', 'recasting problems as potential for future research' and 'attributing problems to the next generation' are used only in Japanese reviews. The study explores the importance of taking into account both ethnic culture and small cultures in interpreting empirical data from two languages. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/139769
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 1.118
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.153
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dc.date.issued2011en_HK
dc.identifier.citationJournal Of Pragmatics, 2011, v. 43 n. 5, p. 1366-1379en_HK
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dc.description.abstractEvaluative language features prominently in academic discourse, especially in book reviews. Previous studies have suggested that the use of criticism and its mitigation devices may be culturally bound. However, so far, there has been no study which explicitly compares the use of criticism in Japanese and English book reviews. This paper investigates how criticism is managed in English and Japanese book reviews. An analysis of a corpus of twenty English and twenty Japanese book reviews in the field of linguistics shows that while there are similarities, there are distinctive differences. At the global level, praise is more prominently used in English book reviews to establish solidarity and rapport while apology and self-denigration are used in Japanese reviews. At the local level, 'rhetorical questions', 'self-denigration', 'recasting problems as potential for future research' and 'attributing problems to the next generation' are used only in Japanese reviews. The study explores the importance of taking into account both ethnic culture and small cultures in interpreting empirical data from two languages. © 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.subjectAcademic discourseen_HK
dc.subjectCriticismen_HK
dc.subjectFaceen_HK
dc.subjectJapanese cultureen_HK
dc.subjectLanguage of evaluationen_HK
dc.subjectMitigation devicesen_HK
dc.titleEvaluation in academic discourse: Managing criticism in Japanese and English book reviewsen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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dc.identifier.emailTsui s, ABM: bmtsui@hkucc.hku.hken_HK
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