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Books: Pragmatics/Discourse Analysis: Owtram

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        1.    Christian Bieri, The Pragmatics of Academic Writing: Owtram

Message 1: The Pragmatics of Academic Writing: Owtram
Date: 18-Aug-2010
From: Christian Bieri <>
Subject: The Pragmatics of Academic Writing: Owtram
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Title: The Pragmatics of Academic Writing Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication. Vol. 107 Published: 2010 Publisher: Peter Lang AG

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Author: Nicola T. Owtram Paperback: ISBN: 9783034300605 Pages: 311 Price: U.S. $ 78.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034300605 Pages: 311 Price: U.K. £ 45.80
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034300605 Pages: 311 Price: Europe EURO 50.90 Comment: for Germany EURO 54.50, for Austria EURO 56.00 (incl. VAT)

This volume investigates to what extent existing approaches to pragmaticsand discourse shed light on how the form of a text creates stylisticeffects. Taking a cross-cultural perspective, this book focuses on five keystylistic features of writing - paragraph structure, length andconstruction of sentences, organisation of information in sentences,relative formality of vocabulary, amount of nominalisation - widely seen aspartly responsible for the different impressions created by academicwriting in English and Italian. The author develops a theoretical frameworkfor the investigation of intuitions about stylistic differences from acontrastive point of view. To this end, the book gives an overview ofrecent scholarly approaches to writing and reading, genre studies,contrastive rhetoric and the notions of style and stylistics, together withan assessment of several individual approaches.

Contents:- Five areas of cross-cultural variation- Conceptualisations of academic writing- Style manuals: What can they tell us?- Four frameworks and approaches: What can they tell us?- Relevance theory: Comprehension and style- Relevance theory: What insights can it give us?

The Author: Nicola T. Owtram is head of the Language Centre at the EuropeanUniversity Institute in Florence, where she teaches English for AcademicPurposes. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from University College, London.Her research interests lie in the fields of academic writing, comparativestylistics, and cognitive pragmatics.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis                             Pragmatics
Subject Language(s): English (eng)                             Italian (ita)
Written In: English (eng )

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