'The leading journal in its field': evaluation in journal descriptions
Hyland, Ken and Tse, Polly. (2009) 'The leading journal in its field': evaluation in journal descriptions. Discourse Studies, Vol.11 (No.6). pp. 703-720. ISSN 1461-4456Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461445609347234
Evaluation, as the expression of a writer’s attitudes, opinions and values, has become a key term in discourse studies in recent years and has proved to be a particularly fruitful way of analysing academic texts. But while studies have shown the importance of evaluation in research genres, its role in seemingly more promotional academic genres has been largely neglected. This article examines the journal description (JD), a brief but ubiquitous feature of all journals, whether online or in print. Situated at the academic—commercial interface, the JD provides information for prospective readers and authors while endorsing a particular view of the field and positioning the journal in the academic community. Drawing on a corpus of 200 JDs in four contrasting disciplines, we show how evaluation is a key feature of this genre, influencing both lexical choices and rhetorical structure. The analysis contributes both to our understanding of a neglected academic genre and the evaluative resources of language.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Discourse Studies|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 703-720|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Version or Related Resource:||This item was also presented as a modified version at the American Association for Applied Linguistics Annual Conference 2010, Atlanta, GA, U.S.A., Mar 6-8, 2010.|
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