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Disciplinary Identities

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Disciplinary Identities

Disciplinary Identities
Individuality and Community in Academic Discourse


Ken Hyland

English Type

British English







Date Published

March 2012

Product description

This book uses findings from corpus research to present insights into the relationship between author identity and disciplinarity in academic discourse.

Disciplinary Identities uses findings from corpus research to present fascinating insights into the relationship between author identity and disciplinarity in academic writing. Ken Hyland draws on a number of sources to explore how authors convey aspects of their identities within the constraints placed upon them by their disciplines' rhetorical conventions. He promotes corpus methods as important tools in identity research, demonstrating the effectiveness of keyword and collocation analysis in highlighting both the norms of a particular genre and an author's idiosyncratic choices.

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Key features

  • Demonstrates the value of corpus methods for identity research.
  • Examines aspects of author identity observable in academic discourse, including gender, professional status and culture.
  • Presents evidence that rhetorical norms, which are often perceived to constrain individuality, can be manipulated to convey individuality.

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