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URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-16889
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Integrating ethnographic, multidimensional, corpus linguistic and systemic functional approaches to genre description : an illustration through university history and engineering assignments

Gardner, Sheena

Quelle: (2008) The 19th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop
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SWD-Schlagwörter: Linguistik , Korpus <Linguistik>
Freie Schlagwörter (Englisch): genre , academic disciplines , corpus , multiple method research design , student writing
DDC-Sachgruppe: Sprachwissenschaft, Linguistik
Dokumentart: InProceedings (Aufsatz / Paper einer Konferenz etc.)
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2008
Publikationsdatum: 04.09.2008
Kurzfassung auf Englisch: Our research aims to describe genres of assessed writing at British universities (ESRC RES-000-23-0800). To this end we have developed a corpus of 2800 texts from four years of study across four broad disciplinary groupings. Our research design integrates a corpus linguistic account of formal features in the corpus with an ethnographic investigation of the disciplinary context, a multi-dimensional analysis of register, and a functional linguistic analysis of genres.
In this paper I illustrate this design with examples from history and engineering. The contextual information shows that history students write mostly essays, written as pedagogical genres, while engineering students engage in a wide range of written assignments: scientific papers are written as if to report findings to an academic audience; funding proposals are written as if to persuade a professional readership; posters are designed to inform a lay audience (e.g. visitors to a transport museum); and reflective journals are written for personal and professional development. The writing process also differs. Some assignments are written individually whereas others involve teamwork.
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