Academic Voices: Across Languages and Disciplines by Kjersti Fløttum

By Kjersti Fløttum

This e-book explores how the voices of authors and different researchers are manifested in educational discourse, and the way the writer handles the polyphonic interplay among those a variety of events. It represents a special examine of educational discourse in that it takes a doubly contrastive method, targeting the 2 components of self-discipline and language whilst. it's in response to a wide digital corpus of 450 examine articles from 3 disciplines (economics, linguistics and drugs) in 3 languages (English, French and Norwegian). The e-book investigates no matter if disciplines and languages might be stated to symbolize diverse cultures with reference to individual manifestation within the texts. what's being studied is hence cultural identities as trends in linguistic practices. for almost all of the positive aspects enthusiastic about (e.g. metatext and bibliographical references), the self-discipline issue seems to give a contribution extra strongly to the adaptation saw than the language issue. in spite of the fact that, for many of the gains (e.g. pronouns and negation), the language issue is additionally relatively robust.

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1 Even if the manifestation of addressivity may be different in different traditions, this observation points to the simple but important fact that the research article constitutes a piece of communication. The final rhetorical aim of a research article is to create effects which convince the audience to such a degree that the article becomes an integrated part of a particular field’s literature. In his study, Prelli (1989) aims at describing the rhetorical dimension in the way scientific discourse is both created and evaluated.

G. 2003) and Johan L. g. 2001, 2004) as key professors. Due to the closeness and even mutual intelligibility of the three Scandinavian languages, it might be argued that Swedish (including Finns with Swedish as their native language), Danish and Norwegian researchers within the various disciplines together constitute a common linguistic discourse community. g. one of our corpus sources, Norsk Lingvistisk Tidsskrift). Each of the other three Nordic countries has one or two research environments in particular that have been very active within the field of academic discourse.

Similar procedures have been undertaken for all the linguistic features that we analyse. When we use frequencies as the basis of our analyses, a simple assumption is made: The prevalence of a feature is appropriately measured by counting how many times it appears in the text. For example, a first person singular subject has Chapter 2. Theoretical and methodological frameworks the same value regardless of its context, such as where in the text it is used and what kind of verb it is used with. On the word level, this might be unproblematic.

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