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Title: Chinese PhD thesis acknowledgements
Subtitle: A communities of practice perspective
Written By: Hua Peng
Series Title: Europäische Hochschulschriften - Volume 464
Description:

While there is a comparatively rich research literature on English
acknowledgement texts, research into Chinese PhD thesis acknowledgement
texts, especially the social roles of the texts, has received little
attention. To fill this gap, this book examines a corpus of Chinese PhD
thesis acknowledgement texts in order to explore both the typical structure
of the texts and their social function within the particular university
setting as well as within a broader social context. The author uses
stratified purposive sampling and semi-structured text-based interviews
with PhD graduates, their supervisors and other acknowledgee
representatives to gather data. Furthermore, PhD guidebooks, supervisors'
CVs and graduates' publications have been collected. Three theoretical
notions - communities of practice, audience and politeness - are drawn into
account for the findings of the study. Besides uncovering several
undocumented move patterns, the book offers insightful understanding of
acknowledgement texts both as a part-genre of research writing as well as a
window of the textual and social world of PhD graduates' chorus of gratitude.

Contents: Acknowledgement texts across languages and disciplines - Textual
realizations of social roles of acknowledgement texts - Generic structure -
Sequence of acknowledges - Terms of address - Disciplinary culture in
Chinese university setting - A communities of practice view of audience - A
communities of practice view of politeness


Hua Peng is a lecturer at the School of Foreign Languages and Literature,
Fudan University, P.R. China. She received her MA at Fudan University and
EdD degree at the University of Sydney. Her research interest is in the
area of sociolinguistics, EFL learning and teaching professionalism. She is
currently working on the genre-based analysis of EFL learners' electronic
discourse and EFL learning from a communities of practice perspective.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034305679
Pages: 271
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