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Narratives in Academic and Professional Genres

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Edited By Maurizio Gotti and Carmen Sancho Guinda

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.

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VIJAY .BHATIA Foreword ............................................................................................... 9 CARMEN SANCHO GUINDA / MAURIZIO GOTTI Weaving a Narrative Paradigm in Academic and Professional Communication .................................................................................. 13 Narratives in Academic Genres ANNA MAURANEN “But then when I started to think…”: Narrative Elements in Conference Presentations ................................ 45 BEGOÑA BELLÉS FORTUÑO Marginal Stories in Classroom Asides ............................................... 67 CHRISTINE FEAK Insights into the Academy: Narratives in and of Public Meetings of the University ................................................................................. 81 YIANNIS GABRIEL Researchers as Storytellers: Storytelling in Organizational Research ........................................... 105 MARINA BONDI Historians as Recounters: Description across Genres ....................... 123 CARMEN DANIELA MAIER / JAN ENGBERG Tendencies in the Multimodal Evolution of Narrator’s Types and Roles in Research Genres .......................... 149 MARÍA JOSÉ LUZÓN Narratives in Academic Blogs .......................................................... 175 ROSA LORÉS-SANZ The Same Story? Enhancing Membership and Constructing Knowledge in Spanish and English History Book Reviews ............. 195 PILAR MUR DUEÑAS Scholars Recounting their Own Research in Journal Articles: An Intercultural (English-Spanish) Perspective ............................... 217 CHRISTOPH A. HAFNER / LINDSAY MILLER / CONNIE NG KWAI-FUN A Tale of Two Genres: Narrative Structure in Students’ Scientific Writing ......................................................... 235 LUISA CAIAZZO Factual Reporting in the ‘About’ Page of British University Websites .......................................................... 257 Narratives in Professional Genres KJERSTI FLØTTUM Narratives in Reports about Climate Change ................................... 277 FRANÇOISE SALAGER-MEYER / MARÍA ÁNGELES ALCARAZ ARIZA / MARIANELA LUZARDO BRICEÑO The Medical Narrative from a Diachronic Perspective (1840-2009): Titling Practices and Authorship ................................ 293 MARCO DE MARTINO Illness Narratives: Gender and Identity in Patients’ Accounts ......... 319 RUTH BREEZE Traversing Legal Narratives ............................................................. 343 PATRIZIA ANESA Multiple Narratives...

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