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Tue Mar 28 2000

Books: Writing, Written Language

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Written Lang: Writing in Nonstandard English, University Writing

Message 1: Written Lang: Writing in Nonstandard English, University Writing

Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 17:06:29 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Written Lang: Writing in Nonstandard English, University Writing

John Benjamins Publishing announce new work in the study of Written Language:

Writing in Nonstandard English.
Irma TAAVITSAINEN, Gunnel MELCHERS and P�ivi PAHTA (eds.) (University of 
Helsink / University of Stockholm)
Pragmatics & Beyond NS 67
US & Canada: 1 55619 945 7 / USD 79.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 5082 0 / NLG 158.00 (Hardcover)

This book investigates linguistic variation as a complex continuum of
language use from standard to nonstandard. In our view, these notions
can only be established through mutual definition, and they cannot
exist without the opposite pole. What is considered standard English
changes according to the approach at hand, and the nonstandard changes
accordingly. This book offers an interdisciplinary and multifaceted
approach to this central theme of wide interest.

The articles approach writing in nonstandard language through various
disciplines and methodologies: sociolinguistics, pragmatics,
historical linguistics, dialectology, corpus linguistics, and
ideological and political points of view. The theories and methods
from these fields are applied to material that ranges from nonliterary
writing to canonized authors. Dialects, regional varieties and
worldwide Englishes are also addressed.

Contributions by: Norman F. Blake; Jonathan Culpeper & Merja Kyt�;
John M. Kirk; Anneli Meurman-Solin; David C. Minugh; Bo Pettersson;
Gerald Porter; Patricia Poussa; Matti Rissanen; Loreto Todd; Peter
Trudgill; and Laura Wright.

Students Writing in the University.
Cultural and epistemological issues.
Carys JONES, Joan TURNER and Brian STREET (eds.) (University of London)
Studies in Written Language and Literacy 8
US & Canada: 1 55619 386 6 / USD 79.00 (Hardcover)
Rest of world: 90 272 1801 3 / NLG 158.00 (Hardcover)

This volume aims to raise awareness of the underlying complexities
concerning student writing in the universities. The authors address a
series of theoretical as well as practical questions regarding the
literacies required of students in Higher Education, from the
perspective of both students themselves and of their tutors. The
research described here intends to move beyond the narrow confines of
current policy debates and the quick fix solutions of writing manuals,
to explore the epistemological, cultural, historical and theoretical
bases of such writing. Issues addressed include the nature of
competing epistemologies that underlie the writing process and the
varying degrees of explicitness about what academic writing entails;
ways of challenging the institutional marginalisation of academic
writing as teaching, learning, and research practice; what counts as
knowledge and how far it is mediated by the rhetorical conventions of
one culture; to what extent the challenging of such rhetorical
conventions is itself a crucial epistemological issue. Writing, in
this volume, then, is addressed in terms of academic literacy
practices involving relations of power, issues of identity and
theories of knowledge.

Contributions by: C. Davidson; F. English; B. Gay; M. Hermerschmidt;
C. Jones; J. Jones; M.R. Lea; T. Lillis; G. Low; M. Scott; B. Street;
A. Tomic; J. Turner; L. Woodburn.

			John Benjamins Publishing Co.
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Phone:		+215 836-1200			+31 20 6762325
Fax: 		+215 836-1204			+31 20 6739773
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