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Discourse Studies – Ways and Crossroads

Insights into Cultural, Diachronic and Genre Issues in the Discipline

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Edited By Karolina Bros and Grzegorz Kowalski

The volume brings together papers emerging from the GlobE conference (University of Warsaw). The authors explore major topics in Discourse Studies, offering insights into the field’s theoretical foundations and discussing the results of its empirical applications. The book integrates different lines of research in Discourse Studies as undertaken at academic centres Europe-wide and beyond. In this diversity, the editors identify certain dominant lines of study, including (new) media discourse, political discourse in the age of social/digital media, or professional discourse in globalized workplace contexts. At the same time, the volume shows that Discourse Studies not only investigate emerging language phenomena, but also critically reassess research issues formerly addressed.

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Constructing knowledge and professional identity in social media academic discourse: The study of epistemic predicates in weblogs (Małgorzata Sokół)

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Małgorzata Sokół

University of Szczecin, Poland

Constructing knowledge and professional identity in social media academic discourse: The study of epistemic predicates in weblogs

Abstract: Taking the discourse-based, interactional approach to epistemic modality and recognising that knowledge is social, relative and contextual, this paper aims to explore the use of epistemic predicates in a corpus of Polish academic weblogs and their role in the negotiation of bloggers’ professional identity. The variety of epistemic predicates reflects bloggers’ discursive choices in how they disseminate knowledge both within a given epistemic community, across disciplines and to the non-specialist audience. This, in turn, brings us closer to understanding scholars’ attitudes to networked scholarship, changes in the professional roles that scholars adopt when engaged in networked scholarship, and more generally, the role of the emergent academic weblog genre in scholarly exchange.

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The ecologies of social media environments have created new spaces for the construction of scholarly knowledge, and for the negotiation of scholars’ professional identity. This paper focuses on the genre of academic weblog, which has become a popular example of networked scholarship, i.e. “the emergent practice of scholars’ use of social technologies and online social networks to pursue, share, reflect upon, critique, improve, validate, and further their scholarship” (Veletsianos, 2016, p. 15). An important part of networked scholarship that is realised through blogging is academics’ engagement in exchange and dissemination of knowledge.

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