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Narratives in Academic and Professional Genres


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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Notes on Contributors MARÍA ÁNGELES ALCARAZ ARIZA holds a B.A. and a M.A. in English Studies and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Alicante (Spain). She is a Tenured Lecturer and researcher at the University of Alicante (Spain), where she is currently teaching English for Medicine and Health Sciences at a postgraduate level as well as English for Tourism at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She has pub- lished several articles on the influence of English on medical Spanish and on the features of English-, French- and Spanish-written medical discourse. Her work has been disseminated in well-known interna- tional journals such as English for Specific Purposes, Fachsprache, Ibérica, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Lebende Sprachen, Scientometrics. 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. ISMAEL ARINAS PELLÓN is a Lecturer in English and Spanish for Spe- cific Purposes to engineering students at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain. He has also taught on-line Business English master’s courses at CEPADE (UPM’s business school) and Universi- dad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED) in Spain. He collabo- rates with the Knowledge Communication...

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