"Dinosaur teens were keen on sex": proximity in professional and popular science
Hyland, Ken (2010) "Dinosaur teens were keen on sex": proximity in professional and popular science. In: CAES Seminar, Centre for Applied English Studies, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, Apr 14, 2010 (Unpublished)Full text not available from this repository.
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The view that academic writing as an objective and faceless kind of discourse is now dead and buried. Instead, we tend to see academic discourse as a persuasive activity involving interactions between writers and readers; a place where academics don’t just give us a view of the world, but negotiate a credible account of themselves and their work by claiming solidarity with readers, evaluating ideas and acknowledging alternative views. As part of this writers must construct an argument using conventions which establish proximity with readers. I use the term proximity to refer to a writer’s control of language features which display both authority as an expert and a personal position towards issues in a text. Essentially this means that writers have to represent themselves, their material and their readers in ways which meet their readers’ expectations. In other words, proximity entails taking into account participants’ likely objections, background knowledge, expectations and reading purposes. In this paper I explore some of the ways this is done in two very different genres: science research papers and popular science articles. Comparing key features, I show how different language choices are used to construct proximity with very different audiences.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (Lecture)|
|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|
|Date:||14 April 2010|
|Status:||Not Peer Reviewed|
|Conference Paper Type:||Lecture|
|Title of Event:||CAES Seminar|
|Type of Event:||Other|
|Location of Event:||Centre for Applied English Studies, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China|
|Date(s) of Event:||Apr 14, 2010|
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