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Explorations in Specialized Genres

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Vijay K. Bhatia and Maurizio Gotti

Genre analysis has become firmly established as one of the most popular frameworks for the study of specialized genres in academic, professional and institutional as well as other workplace contexts. In recent years, genre theory has also developed in the direction of a more comprehensive and powerful multidimensional and multi-perspectived framework to examine not only the text but also the context in a much more meaningful manner than had ever been done earlier.
The theoretical perspectives and the individual case studies of this volume testify to the wide range of methodological tools made available by genre theory, enabling researchers to handle problems relating to the description of variations in language use. Moreover, the following relevant issues are addressed: how are specialized genres constructed, interpreted and exploited in the achievement of specific goals in highly specialized contexts?

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VIJAY K. BHATIA / MAURIZIO GOTTI Introduction .......................................................................................... 9 Academic and Scientific Genres DAVIDE SIMONE GIANNONI Evidence of Generic Tension in Academic Book Acknowledgements............................................................................. 21 PEDRO MARTÍN-MARTÍN / SALLY BURGESS Reader and Writer Responsibility in Abstracts in Spanish Social Sciences Journals ................................................... 43 LILO MOESSNER The Birth of the Experimental Essay.................................................. 59 HILKKA STOTESBURY From Interdisciplinary to Intradisciplinary and Beyond: Subfield-specific Differences within Research Article Abstracts in Economic Sciences......................................................................... 79 Business and Economic Genres KHURSHID AHMAD / MARIA TERESA MUSACCHIO Citation Patterns in Nobel Prize Lectures in Economics.................. 101 BELINDA CRAWFORD CAMICIOTTOLI Rhetorical Strategies of Company Executives and Investment Analysts: Textual Metadiscourse in Corporate Earnings Calls ........115 POLLY WALSH Playing Safe? A Closer Look at Hedging, Conditions and Attribution in Economic Forecasting......................................... 135 Editorial and Institutional Genres ELEONORA CHIAVETTA A Genre Analysis of ‘How to’ Feature Articles in British Gardening Magazines ....................................................... 155 MERJA KOSKELA Writer-oriented Authorities on the Web: Features of Reader- orientation on Tax Authorities’ Website .......................................... 177 AMANDA MURPHY / JOHN MORLEY The Peroration Revisited .................................................................. 201 Legal Genres ULISSE BELOTTI Genre Characteristics of Invitations for Bids ................................... 219 WILLIAM BROMWICH Specialised Discourse in Parliament: The Joint Committee on the Draft Disability Discrimination Bill ...................................... 247 DAVIDE MAZZI “This is an attractive argument, but…”: Argumentative Conflicts as an Interpretive Key to the Discourse of Judges............................ 271 GIROLAMO TESSUTO Opinions of Counsel: An Exploratory Survey of Generic Features........................................................................... 291 Notes on Contributors....................................................................... 311

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