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Title: Mapping Academic Values in the Disciplines
Subtitle: A Corpus-Based Approach
Written By: Davide Simone Giannoni

A broad strand of applied linguistic research has focused on the language of
science and scholarship, stressing its role in the construction and negotiation
of knowledge claims. Central to the success of such texts is the use of
evaluative expressions encoding what is considered to be desirable or
undesirable in a given domain. While the speech acts relevant to evaluation
have been extensively researched, little is known of the underlying values
they encode. This volume seeks to fill the gap by exploring the main facets
of academic value in a corpus of research articles from leading journals in
anthropology, biology, computer science, economics, engineering, history,
mathematics, medicine, physics and sociology. The collocations and
qualified entities associated with such variables in the corpus provide insights
into how scholars draw on a repertoire of conventional, largely unqualified,
axiological meanings instrumental to the production of new knowledge in their

- Academia and the disciplines
- Discourse communities
- Academic English and ELF
- The values of academia - Goodness markers
- Size markers
- Novelty markers
- Relevance markers
- Evaluative lexis and value markers
- Academic values signalled in the corpus
- Lexical resources encoding value
- Variation among qualified entities
- The role of academic values

The Author:
Davide Simone Giannoni is Assistant Professor of English at the University
of Bergamo (Italy). He holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from the
University of Reading (UK) and an M.A. in Linguistics-tesol from the
University of Surrey (UK). His research on academic-professional genres has
appeared in several international journals and volumes. He has co-edited New
Trends in Specialized Discourse Analysis (2006), Identity Traits in English
Academic Discourse (2008) and Researching Language and the Law (2010).

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034304887
Pages: 288
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