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Academic Discourse – New Insights into Evaluation

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Gabriella Del Lungo Camiciotti and Elena Tognini Bonelli

This volume assembles a selection of papers presented at an international conference held in Pontignano, Siena, (14-16 June 2003). It discusses the concept of evaluation in academic discourse and the methodological tools most apt to investigate it. All contributions focus on a crucial dimension of academic communication: the epistemic and attitudinal assessment of content and the argumentative and metadiscourse devices used to interact with audiences of scholars or novices. The assembled contributions deal with theoretical and methodological issues including diverse academic genres ranging from written and oral texts. A report of the discussion on evaluation in academic texts concludes the volume.

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Notes on Contributors MARINA BONDI is Professor of English at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy). She has published on various aspects of discourse analysis and EAP, with particular reference to the argumen- tative features of institutional and academic discourse. Her recent work centres on language variation across genres through the analysis of small specialized corpora. Using insights from functional and rhe- torical approaches to discourse and genre, she has examined the field of economic discourse through a series of case studies of academic genres, with special emphasis on the dialogic nature of persuasion and on the importance of reflexive language (English across Genres, Il Fiorino, Modena, 1999). She has also recently co-edited a special is- sue of Jeap (Journal of English for Academic Purposes) with Anna Mauranen, on evaluation in academic discourse, as well as a volume on metadiscursive practices with Julia Bamford (Dialogue within dis- course communities, Niemeyer, 2004). BELINDA CRAWFORD CAMICIOTTOLI is an English language re- searcher at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Florence and member of the Department of Linguistics. Her current research interests focus on descriptive analyses of spoken discourse in both academic and business settings. She has published articles on L2 read- ing instruction, lecture discourse and intercultural issues in ELT. She serves as a referee for the Journal of Research in Reading and Read- ing in a Foreign Language. PAUL DREW is Professor of Sociology at the University of York, UK where he has taught since 1973. His...

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