‘Small bits of textual material’: a discourse analysis of Swales’ writing
Hyland, Ken. (2008) ‘Small bits of textual material’: a discourse analysis of Swales’ writing. English for Specific Purposes, Vol.27 (No.2). pp. 143-160. ISSN 0889-4906Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.esp.2006.10.005
Despite his considerable influence on the development of ESP and all our professional lives, almost nothing has been written about John Swales’ distinctive prose style. Based on a 340,000 word corpus comprising 14 single-authored papers and most chapters from his three main books, this paper sets out to identify the main features of this style. Using frequency, keyword and concordance analyses, I compare the Swales’ corpus with a broader applied linguistics corpus of 710,000 words and identify self mention, hedging and attitude, reader engagement and considerateness as characteristic of Swalesian rhetoric. I conclude with the view that this is a disciplinary voice informed by a keen assessment of his readers and representing an independent creativity shaped by an accountability to shared practices.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z004 Books. Writing. Paleography
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||English for Specific Purposes|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 143-160|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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