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Explorations in Specialized Genres


Edited By 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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Notes on Contributors KHURSHID AHMAD is Professor of Computer Science at Trinity College, Dublin. He specialises in artificial intelligence. He has worked in the areas of computer-assisted language learning, terminology management, ontology systems, and has attempted to simulate child language development using neural networks. His contribution to this volume relates to his work on the evolution of knowledge in key areas of science and technology and how language facilitates such evolution. The EU Programme in Information Society and UK Research Councils has supported his work. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the British Computer Society. ULISSE BELOTTI is a tenured researcher in English Language and Translation at the University of Bergamo where he teaches English for Business Studies at graduate and undergraduate level. His research interests concern word-formation in IT language, genre analysis, business and legal discourse. His recent work centres on the genre characteristics of business-related documents through the analysis of specialized corpora. VIJAY BHATIA is Professor in the Department of English at the City University of Hong Kong and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University, Australia. His main research interests are applied genre analysis; ESP theory and practice; simplification of legal and other public documents; cross-cultural and disciplinary variation in professional discourse. His book on Analysing Genre: Language Use in Professional Settings (Longman) is widely used by researchers in discourse and genre theory and practice. His more recent book Worlds of Written Discourse: A Genre- based View was published by Continuum in 2004....

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