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Insights into Academic Genres


Edited By Carol Berkenkotter, Vijay K. Bhatia and Maurizio Gotti

This volume presents the latest research of an international group of scholars, engaged in the analysis of academic discourse from a genre-oriented perspective. The area covered by this volume is a central one, as in the last few years important developments in research on academic discourse have not only concerned the more traditional genres, but, as well, generic innovations promoted by the new technologies, employed both in the presentation of research results and in their dissemination to a wider community by means of popularising and teaching activities.
These innovations have not only favoured important changes in existing genres and the creation of new ones to meet emerging needs of the academic community, but have also promoted a serious discussion about the construct of genre itself.
The various investigations gathered in this volume provide several examples of the complexity and flexibility of genres, which have shown to be subject to a continuous tension between stability and change as well as between convention and innovation.


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Notes on Contributors PATRIZIA ANESA holds a PhD in English Studies, with a specialization in professional and legal communication. Her research interests lie mostly in the area of specialised discourse, with particular reference to legal language and courtroom communication. She is currently inter- ested in the analysis of arbitration practices, the applications of Con- versation Analysis in LSP and the investigation of knowledge asym- metries in expert-lay communication. CAROL BERKENKOTTER is Professor of Rhetoric and Communication in the Department of Writing Studies, University of Minnesota. In 1995 she published (with Thomas N. Huckin) Genre Knowledge in Disciplinary Communication: Cognition/Culture/Power. Over the last decade she has used the techniques of discourse and genre analysis to study the evolution of professional genres, and in 2008 published the book, Patient Tales: Case Histories and the Uses of Narrative in Psy- chiatry. Her current research interests include the influence of digital technology on ‘emergent genres’ of the Internet, such as blogs, wikis, and Facebook. VIJAY K. BHATIA has recently retired as Professor from the City Uni- versity of Hong Kong. His research interests include applied genre analysis of professional discourse, including legal, business, newspa- per, and advertising genres; ESP and Professional Communication (Theory and Practice); simplification of legal and other public docu- ments; cross-cultural and disciplinary variation in professional dis- courses. He has widely published in international journals. His work on genre analysis includes two books, Analysing Genre: Language Use in Professional Settings (1993) and Worlds of Written Discourse: A Genre-based View (2004). Notes...

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