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Narratives in Academic and Professional Genres

Gotti, Maurizio / Sancho Guinda, Carmen (eds)

Narratives in Academic and Professional Genres

Series: Linguistic Insights - Volume 172

Year of Publication: 2013

Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2013. 511 pp.
ISBN 978-3-0343-1371-1 pb.  (Softcover)

Weight: 0.750 kg, 1.653 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book received the Enrique Alcaraz Research Award in 2015.

Through Narrative Theory, the book offers an engaging panorama of the construction of specialised discourses and practices within academia and diverse professional communities. Its chapters investigate genres from various fields, such as aircraft accident reports, clinical cases and other scientific observations, academic conferences, academic blogs, climate-change reports, university decision-making in public meetings, patients’ oral and written accounts of illness, corporate annual reports, journalistic obituaries, university websites, narratives of facts in legal cases, narrative processes in arbitration hearings, briefs, and witness examination accounts. In addition to exploring narration in this wide range of contexts, the volume uses narrative as a powerful tool to gain a methodological insight into professional and academic accounts, and thus it contributes to research into theoretical issues. Under the lens of Narratology, Discourse and Genre Analysis, fresh research windows are opened on the study of academic and professional interactions.


Contents: Vijay K. Bhatia: Foreword – Carmen Sancho Guinda/Maurizio Gotti: Weaving a Narrative Paradigm in Academic and Professional Communication – Anna Mauranen: «But then when I started to think…»: Narrative Elements in Conference Presentations – Begoña Bellés Fortuño: Marginal Stories in Classroom Asides – Christine Feak: Insights into the Academy: Narratives in and of Public Meetings of the University – Yiannis Gabriel: Researchers as Storytellers: Storytelling in Organizational Research – Marina Bondi: Historians as Recounters: Description across Genres – Carmen Daniela Maier/Jan Engberg: Tendencies in the Multimodal Evolution of Narrator’s Types and Roles in Research Genres – María José Luzón: Narratives in Academic Blogs – Rosa Lorés-Sanz: The Same Story? Enhancing Membership and Constructing Knowledge in Spanish and English History Book Reviews – Pilar Mur Dueñas: Scholars Recounting their Own Research in Journal Articles: An Intercultural (English-Spanish) Perspective – Christoph A. Hafner/Lindsay Miller/Connie Ng Kwai-Fun: A Tale of Two Genres: Narrative Structure in Students’ Scientific Writing – Luisa Caiazzo: Factual Reporting in the ‘About’ Page of British University Websites – Kjersti Fløttum: Narratives in Reports about Climate Change – Françoise Salager-Meyer/María Ángeles Alcaraz Ariza/Marianela Luzardo Briceño: The Medical Narrative from a Diachronic Perspective (1840-2009): Titling Practices and Authorship – Marco De Martino: Illness Narratives: Gender and Identity in Patients’ Accounts – Ruth Breeze: Traversing Legal Narratives – Patrizia Anesa: Multiple Narratives in Arbitration Processes – Carmen Sancho Guinda: The Tell and Show of Aviation-Catastrophe Synopses – Elizabeth de Groot: Getting the Picture in Annual Reports: A Reflection on the Genre-based Analysis of Photographic Narrative – Isabel Corona Marzol: Lives in Retrospective: the Journalistic Obituary – Ismael Arinas Pellón: How do you Read a U.S. Patent? Motivation for Descriptions of Intellectual Property and its ‘Metes and Bounds’ – Brian Paltridge: Afterword.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Maurizio Gotti is Professor of English Language and Translation, Head of the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Communication, and Director of the Research Centre on Specialised Languages (CERLIS) at the University of Bergamo. His main research areas are the features and origins of specialised discourse.
Carmen Sancho Guinda is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, where she teaches EAP, ESP and in-service seminars for engineering teachers undertaking English-medium instruction. Her research focus is the interdisciplinary analysis of academic and professional discourses and genres and innovation in the learning of academic competencies.


«The contents of this volume are aimed at a wide readership, both professional and academic. They provide food for thought on important research areas which are not usually covered by other essay collections. From the pedagogical point of view, the different approaches to the interactivity between academic and professional genres offered in this volume also add additional material for teaching and learning practices. [...] Thus, we fully recommend this collection of essays since it deepens into areas often ignored in today’s research.» (Carmen Piqué-Noguera, Ibérica 28, 2014)


Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 172
Edited by Maurizio Gotti