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Mapping Academic Values in the Disciplines

Giannoni, Davide S.

Mapping Academic Values in the Disciplines

A Corpus-Based Approach

Series: Linguistic Insights - Volume 124

Year of Publication: 2010

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 288 pp., num. tables and graphs
ISBN 978-3-0343-0488-7 pb.  (Softcover)

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Book synopsis

A broad strand of applied linguistic research has focused on the language of science and scholarship, stressing its role in the construction and negotiation of knowledge claims. Central to the success of such texts is the use of evaluative expressions encoding what is considered to be desirable or undesirable in a given domain. While the speech acts relevant to evaluation have been extensively researched, little is known of the underlying values they encode. This volume seeks to fill the gap by exploring the main facets of academic value in a corpus of research articles from leading journals in anthropology, biology, computer science, economics, engineering, history, mathematics, medicine, physics and sociology. The collocations and qualified entities associated with such variables in the corpus provide insights into how scholars draw on a repertoire of conventional, largely unqualified, axiological meanings instrumental to the production of new knowledge in their field.


Contents: Academia and the disciplines – Discourse communities – Academic English and ELF – The values of academia – Goodness markers – Size markers – Novelty markers – Relevance markers – Evaluative lexis and value markers – Academic values signalled in the corpus – Lexical resources encoding value – Variation among qualified entities – The role of academic values.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: Davide Simone Giannoni is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Bergamo (Italy). He holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from the University of Reading (UK) and an M.A. in Linguistics-tesol from the University of Surrey (UK). His research on academic-professional genres has appeared in several international journals and volumes. He has co-edited New Trends in Specialized Discourse Analysis (2006), Identity Traits in English Academic Discourse (2008) and Researching Language and the Law (2010).


«(...) la obra de Giannoni tiene un gran potencial como obra de referencia, especialmente para los profesores de inglés para fines específicos, de inglés académico, y de inglés científico que trabajan en el ámbito de alguna de las disciplinas tratadas.» (Izaskun Elorza, Aula 18, 2012)


Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 124
Edited by Maurizio Gotti