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Academic (Inter)genres: between Texts, Contexts and Identities


Anna Duszak and Grzegorz Kowalski

The volume takes a close look at discourse perspectives on academic genres. In the context of scientific communication and the evolution of postmodern culture and society, academic genres have undergone various changes. The study shows that cultural heterogeneity of academic genres, styles and discourses now gives way to an increasing hybridization and discusses theoretical aspects of this process. The second part focuses on specific dimensions of hybridization, in particular between global and local academic genres and discourses, and between real and virtual ones.
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Scientific models of text space stratification: Conceptualization and relations between modelling categories



The paper argues that in spite of unsuccessful attempts contemporary linguistics should work out a model of stratification of communication space. Previous research into the problem, from which contemporary European linguistics derives its ideas, was based on a hierarchical triadic system of the individual, the genre (species) and the kind (genus) originating from the literary genology tradition. Genre and discourse were treated as abstract categories providing a framework for the interpretation of individual texts, where discourse was often regarded as a superordinate category corresponding to kind. The author argues that the relation between genre and discourse is of interactional character rather than of subordination and the relation consists in a network of mutual dependencies. It is postulated here that the hierarchical model with vertical relations be replaced with a horizontal typological model. Such single-level typological (generic and discoursal) models would function as two separate yet complementary ways of ordering the universe of text.

1. Hierarchy as a distinctive feature of the traditional model of organizing the universe of texts

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