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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

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Title: Academic Voices
Subtitle: Across languages and disciplines
Written By: Kjersti Fløttum
Trine Dahl
Torodd Kinn
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P%26bns%20148
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 148
Description:

This book explores how the voices of authors and other researchers are
manifested in academic discourse, and how the author handles the polyphonic
interaction between these various parties. It represents a unique study of
academic discourse in that it takes a doubly contrastive approach, focusing
on the two factors of discipline and language at the same time. It is based
on a large electronic corpus of 450 research articles from three
disciplines (economics, linguistics and medicine) in three languages
(English, French and Norwegian). The book investigates whether disciplines
and languages may be said to represent different cultures with regard to
person manifestation in the texts. What is being studied is thus cultural
identities as tendencies in linguistic practices. For the majority of the
features focused on (e.g. metatext and bibliographical references), the
discipline factor turns out to contribute more strongly to the variation
observed than the language factor. However, for some of the features (e.g.
pronouns and negation), the language factor is also quite strong.

Additional background information on the investigations reported in this
book can be found at www.uib.no/kiap/.


Table of contents

Preface and acknowledgements IX–X
Introduction 1–28
Theoretical and methodological frameworks 29–49
Quantitative results 51–65
Presence of the author 67–157
Reader/writer interaction 159–213
Presence of the others 215–257
Conclusions 259–271
References 273–283
KIAP publications
285–288
Appendix A The KIAP Corpus
289–290
Appendix B Statistical tests 291–305
Index 307–309

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253919
ISBN-13: 9789027253910
Pages: 309
Prices: U.S. $ 155
Europe EURO 115.00