Academic Voices: Across Languages and Disciplines by Kjersti Fløttum

By Kjersti Fløttum

This ebook 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 number of events. It represents a special research of educational discourse in that it takes a doubly contrastive method, targeting the 2 elements of self-discipline and language whilst. it's in accordance with a wide digital corpus of 450 study articles from 3 disciplines (economics, linguistics and medication) in 3 languages (English, French and Norwegian). The ebook investigates even if disciplines and languages will be stated to symbolize assorted cultures in regards to individual manifestation within the texts. what's being studied is hence cultural identities as traits in linguistic practices. for almost all of the good points all in favour of (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. although, for a few of the beneficial properties (e.g. pronouns and negation), the language issue can also be really robust.

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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. As indicated above, the research article may be considered as a polyphonic drama where the author interacts with different parts; however, the author always 7.

6. The utterance (l’énoncé) is considered as a realisation of the abstract sentence or clause (phrase or proposition); the utterance can also be a realisation of a syntactically incomplete sentence. Chapter 2. Theoretical and methodological frameworks This definition is not unproblematic since enunciation might include all factors integrated in the production of an individual utterance – from physical, articulatory to context-related and situational, as well as psychological motivation factors (see Maingueneau 1993).

The social sciences occupy a middle position between natural science and the humanities (see below), with some of the knowledge base rooted in more objective natural Chapter 1. g. mathematics, while other parts represent more subjective, interpretive aspects. Ekelund & Hébert (1997) point to an apparent struggle within economics, illustrating this situation: ”Many ‘mainstream’ economists argue […] that increased respect for economics as a separate, scientific discipline will only ensue from the steady application of rigorous mathematical and statistical tools” (1997: 576); however, ”[s]ome economists […] have voiced strong reservations concerning this view.

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