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Academic Identity Traits

A Corpus-Based Investigation

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Edited By Maurizio Gotti

This volume investigates identity traits in academic discourse. Its main purpose is to better understand how and to what extent language forms and functions are adapting to the globalisation of academic discourse. Key factors of verbal behaviour such as the affiliation of actors to one or more cultures have been found to interact, producing transversal identities that are independent of local traits, with a tendency to merge and hybridise in an intercultural sense. The volume consists of three main parts: The first deals with identity traits across languages and cultures, as the use of a given language affects the writing of a scholar, especially when it is not his/her native language. The second comprises investigations of identity features characterising specific disciplinary communities or marking a differentiation from other branches of knowledge. The third part of the volume deals with identity aspects emerging from genre and gender variation.

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MAURIZIO GOTTI Introduction .......................................................................................... 9 MAURIZIO GOTTI 1. Variation in Academic Texts .................................................... 23 MAURIZIO GOTTI 2. The CADIS Corpus ................................................................... 43 Identity Traits across Languages and Cultures DAVIDE S. GIANNONI 3. Local/Global Identities and the Medical Editorial Genre ........... 59 LARISSA D’ANGELO 4. Identity Conflicts in Book Reviews: A Cross-disciplinary Comparison .............................................. 79 STEFANIA M. MACI 5. The Discussion Section of Medical Research Articles: A Cross-cultural Perspective ...................................................... 95 MICHELE SALA 6. Different Systems, Different Styles: Legal Expertise and Professional Identities in Legal Research Articles ................... 121 Identity Traits within and across Disciplinary Communities ULISSE BELOTTI 7. Variations of Identity in Single- and Multi-Authored Economics RA Abstracts .......................................................... 145 DAVIDE S. GIANNONI 8. Evaluation and Popularisation in Journal Editorials: Medicine vs Applied Linguistics .............................................. 173 DAVIDE S. GIANNONI 9. Metaphoric Expressions and Editorial Identity Across Disciplines .................................................................... 187 MICHELE SALA 10. Metadiscursive Resources as Indicators of Disciplinary Variation ................................................................................... 207 MICHELE SALA 11. Interrogative Forms as Engagement Markers: A Diachronic Perspective ......................................................... 221 Identity Traits across Genres and Genders STEFANIA M. MACI 12. Fast-track Publications: The Genre of Medical Research Letters ................................... 243 LARISSA D’ANGELO 13. Academic Poster Presentations: Mapping the Genre ............... 263 STEFANIA M. MACI 14. The Genre of Medical Conference Posters ............................... 283 LARISSA D’ANGELO 15. Exploring Gender Identity in Academic Research Articles and Book Reviews .................................................................... 303 References ........................................................................................ 333 Notes on Contributors ....................................................................... 361

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