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The structure of academic prose : intercultural and interdisciplinry dimensions

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posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Zosia GolebiowskiZosia Golebiowski
In the contemporary world of increasing internationalisation of scholarship the ability to communicate in the “lingua franca” of global research communities and familiarity with relevant academic genres is crucial to attaining research visibility in the academy. Native English language competency does not guarantee the possession of knowledge and skills about how to manipulate the language structure of academic genres to produce the kind of scholarly prose acceptable in the community of readers. This task is even more challenging to Non-NESB academic writers, mainly because the purpose of academic writing is both informative and rhetorical, and the information packaging strategies are likely to be discipline and culture bound.
Communication in professional academic culture is carried out and codified by selected genre categories which function as the media for scholarly discussions. This presentation focuses on the structure of a research paper, the most widely established form of presenting academic research. With an increasing internationalisation of scholarship, the schema of a research paper faces two potentially conflicting sets of forces. At one end are the forces of established conventions of the rhetorical pattern of research papers which are modelled on the structure of an “Anglo” research paper. On the other are the forces of norms for text construction of the author’s culture of socialization.

I discuss analytical approaches to the examination of the relational organisation of this genre exploring both intercultural and interdisciplinary dimensions. I examine paratactic and hypotactic configurations of the structure of research paper, providing examples of relational strategies utilised by native and no-native English speaker writers representing Anglo and non-Anglo discourse communities.



Teaching English Language and Literature Society of Iran. Conference (10th : 2012 : Tehran, Iran)


24 - 24


Shahid Beheshti University


Tehran, Iran

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Tehran, Iran

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E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed

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TELLSI 2012 : The 10th International TELLSI Conference : Bridging the Gap between Research, Policy and Practice : Book of Abstracts

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