English for Academic Purposes: Approaches and Implications
The analysis of academic genres and the use of corpus resources, methods and analytical tools are now central to a great deal of research into English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Both genre analysis and corpus investigations have revealed the patterning of academic texts, at the levels of lexicogrammar and discourse, and have led to richer understandings of the variations in such patterning between genres and between disciplines.
The thirteen contributions included in this volume address issues in academic discourse studies from a range of perspectives: namely, corpus-based research into EAP at the lexicogrammatical and genre levels (Section 1); intercultural EAP research (Section 2); English as a Lingua Franca in academic communication (Section 3); and the relationships between corpus, genre and pedagogy in EAP, with an emphasis on implications and applications (Section 4).
The collection is aimed primarily at teachers, students and researchers of EAP and applied corpus linguistics, but will also interest applied linguists in general. The emphasis of the contributions varies from studies with predominantly linguistic orientations to those focussing on practical applications.
Paul Thompson is the Director of the Centre for Corpus Research at the University of Birmingham, UK. His main areas of research interest are academic discourses and applied corpus linguistics. He has served as Co-Editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes since 2009.
Giuliana Diani is a Lecturer in English Language and Translation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. Her research interests are in the analysis of spoken and written academic discourse, with special reference to the study of language variation across academic genres, disciplines and cultures.
"The chapters in this book can be of great use to both practitioners of and researchers in the field of EAP, as they approach English in the context of academic study and scholarly exchange. A wide range of linguistic, applied linguistic and educational topics are treated from the perspective of EAP, including academic style, genre and discourse analysis, teaching methodology, research writing and speaking at academic levels, ELF in academic contexts and others. In addition to general EAP, the authors also consider subject-specific language (selected from a vast number of disciplines: sociology, medicine, economics, law, mathematics, politics, materials science) and the production of teaching materials (textbooks, university syllabi, word lists)."
Ileana Maria Chersan Assistant Professor, Police Academy in Bucharest LINGUIST List 27.3212, 08.08.2016
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