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ERIC Number: EJ937800
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1475-1585
Taking an Effective Authorial Stance in Academic Writing: Making the Linguistic Resources Explicit for L2 Writers in the Social Sciences
Chang, Peichin; Schleppegrell, Mary
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, v10 n3 p140-151 Sep 2011
Taking an assertive stance toward research being reviewed or reported is a challenging task for second language writers. This aspect of interpersonal meaning is especially difficult to address through direct instruction, as attention to particular grammatical and lexical choices outside of contexts of use is not enough to help students develop the prosodies ([Hood, 2004], [Hood, 2006], [Lemke, 1992] and [Lemke, 1998]) that are required to be authoritative and create a texture that coherently presents an authorial perspective. This article illustrates how a systemic functional linguistics analysis can identify and render explicit to second language writers some ways published authors create textures of "expanding" or "contracting" options as research is presented, reviewed, and evaluated. Drawing on the "Engagement" framework (Martin & White, 2005), we illustrate different approaches to research article introductions in connection with their rhetorical purposes ([Swales, 1990] and [Swales, 2004]), highlighting the linguistic resources that are in interaction with each other as authors introduce their studies and review related studies. Specifically, we describe two patterns of "expanding" options and two patterns of "contracting" options found in educational research, and suggest pedagogical approaches to making these patterns salient to L2 writers. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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