Academic Voices: Across Languages and Disciplines by Kjersti Fløttum

By Kjersti Fløttum

This booklet explores how the voices of authors and different researchers are manifested in educational discourse, and the way the writer handles the polyphonic interplay among those a variety of events. It represents a distinct research of educational discourse in that it takes a doubly contrastive process, concentrating on the 2 elements of self-discipline and language even as. it really is in accordance with a wide digital corpus of 450 learn articles from 3 disciplines (economics, linguistics and medication) in 3 languages (English, French and Norwegian). The publication investigates no matter if disciplines and languages can be acknowledged to symbolize varied cultures in regards to individual manifestation within the texts. what's being studied is therefore cultural identities as traits in linguistic practices. for almost all of the gains inquisitive about (e.g. metatext and bibliographical references), the self-discipline issue seems to give a contribution extra strongly to the adaptation saw than the language issue. even though, for many of the gains (e.g. pronouns and negation), the language issue is additionally rather robust.

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In this investigation, we are only interested in nous used as a grammatical subject. However, since the corpus has not been analysed syntactically, the search returns instances of nous as a subject, object, complement of a preposition etc. Hence, to calculate the frequency of nous subjects, we first had to categorise all the tokens of nous as subjects or non-subjects. Similar procedures have been undertaken for all the linguistic features that we analyse. When we use frequencies as the basis of our analyses, a simple assumption is made: The prevalence of a feature is appropriately measured by counting how many times it appears in the text.

G. 2003) and Johan L. g. 2001, 2004) as key professors. Due to the closeness and even mutual intelligibility of the three Scandinavian languages, it might be argued that Swedish (including Finns with Swedish as their native language), Danish and Norwegian researchers within the various disciplines together constitute a common linguistic discourse community. g. one of our corpus sources, Norsk Lingvistisk Tidsskrift). Each of the other three Nordic countries has one or two research environments in particular that have been very active within the field of academic discourse.

The source of the point of view reported in the proposition preceding however (only conceded by the locutor) may be a third person, identifiable by the context. For the third question, how the authors present and promote their own research, the personal dimension is also relevant. 8 This third question is the one that most clearly requires a step out of the enunciative perspective and into a lexical-semantic one. In this context, word choice and evaluative qualifications constitute an important dimension.

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