1st Edition

Academic Discourse and Global Publishing Disciplinary Persuasion in Changing Times

By Ken Hyland, Feng (Kevin) Jiang Copyright 2019
    278 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Academic Discourse and Global Publishing offers a coherent argument for changes in published academic writing over the past 50 years. Demonstrating how published writing represents academics’ decisions about how best to present their work, their readers and themselves in the global context of a rapidly shifting university system, this book provides:

    • An up-to-date reference on contemporary topics in specialist discourse analysis, current research methodologies and innovative approaches to the study of writing;
    • New insights into conceptual and theoretical issues related to the analysis of academic writing;
    • An accessible introduction to diachronic research in EAP and a case for the value of the diachronic study of texts using corpus techniques;
    • A clear overview of how texts work in interaction and how they relate to evolving institutional and political contexts;
    • Links between the practices of different disciplines and the environments in which they operate, as well as observations on the ways in which they differ.

    This volume is essential reading for students and researchers of EAP/ESP and Applied Linguistics and will also be of significant interest to academics and students looking to have their work published.



    Part One: Academic Discourse and rhetorical change

    1 Publish and prosper: the changing face of academic life

    2 Understanding language change: corpora, contexts and rhetoric

    Part Two: Changes in argument patterns

    3 A multidimensional analysis of change

    4 Changes in coherence and cohesion: let’s look at this

    5 Points of reference: changing patterns of citation.

    6 Changes in self-citation: cumulative inquiry or self-promotion

    7 Bundling up: changes in multiword combinations

    Part Three: Changes in stance and engagement

    8 Evidentiality, affect and presence: changing patterns of stance.

    9 Changes in a stance marker: Evaluative that

    10 Representing readers: changes in engagement.

    11 Changes in the rhetorical self: a profile of we

    12 Is academic writing becoming more informal?

    Part Four: Epilogue

    13 Pulling it all together 




    Ken Hyland is Professor of Applied Linguistics in Education in the Faculty of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia, UK.

    Feng (Kevin) Jiang is Kuang Yaming Distinguished Professor in the School of Foreign Language Education at Jilin University, China.

    "This is a very timely and insightful volume that brings to the fore the changing rhetoric of scholarly publication practices through a useful integration of corpus and discourse-analytical perspectives. In taking a diachronic perspective to trace language variation and change in a range of specialised, discipline-specific discourses, Hyland and Jiang's volume provides rich perspectives into the way both monolingual and multilingual writers alike position themselves in their texts."

    Carmen Perez-Llantada, University of Zaragoza, Spain

    "An excellent read! Through complex perspectives informed by MDA, cohesion and metadiscourse, Hyland and Jiang explain how changes in academic writing in a corpus of journal articles reflect the past 50 years of turmoil in the academy. This collection is recommended reading for novice and experienced researchers and research managers alike."

    Sheena Gardner, Coventry University, UK