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ERIC Number: ED404855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-25
Pages: 30
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Investigating Connections between Text and Discourse Communities: A Cross-Disciplinary Study of Evaluative Discourse Practices in Academic Book Reviews.
Motta-Roth, Desiree
A study of the discourse of book reviews in several academic disciplines examines how interaction of text and context varies across disciplines. Sixty academic book reviews in linguistics, chemistry, and economics were analyzed for rhetorical structure and for the communicative goal of the genre, that of evaluating knowledge production. The book reviews were expected to present certain general, invariable features of rhetorical organization in content and form that allow readers and writers to recognize them as belonging to the same genre. In addition, some variation was expected in features most closely associated with the traditions and conventions of the discourse community. Results indicate that textual features respond to the characteristic culture of each field and to institutional discourses, and that, as a result, any suggestions for teaching and research of academic written genres should take into account the specific evaluative practices in the target disciplines. It is suggested that the results can also contribute to the debate about the definition of generic textual boundaries and the ethnographic nature of genre studies. Contains 38 references. The 60 book reviews are also listed. (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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