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Linguistic Description in English for Academic Purposes

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ISBN 9781032008653
January 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
112 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume provides a concise overview of linguistic description in the field of English for Academic Purposes, charting its evolution and categorizing the various strands of research interest. Given the increasing use of English as a lingua franca, there has been a corresponding upsurge into research in EAP. The book synthesizes this research in one single volume and offers brief overviews on key terms and topics in EAP, including academic events and study genres, professional research genres and disciplinary discourses. This volume is key reading for graduate students new to the field as well as established researchers looking to expand their knowledge base in EAP. The work highlights the kinds of descriptions of academic English that have resulted from the research, which can be of interest to disciplinary teachers and lecturers, including those in English medium instruction.

Table of Contents

1. The Expanding Terrain of EAP  2. Theory and Methodology  3. The General Academic English Register  4. Study Genres and Events  5. Professional Research Genres and Events  6. Disciplinary Variation  7. Conclusion and Future Directions

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Helen Basturkmen is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and Language Teaching at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, where she works in research, research supervision and teaching in the Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MTESOL) programme. She edited English for Academic Purposes in the Critical Concepts in Linguistics Series (2015). Prior to this, she taught English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and was a teacher educator in the Middle East for many years.


"Basturkmen’s book provides the ever-widening circle of the EAP community with a go-to text that brings an overview of the relevant literature and research endeavours in one place. This reading is a must for scholars researching as well as academics and teachers using English in educational and scholarly settings." - Kristina Cergol, University of Zagreb, Croatia, ESP Today

"This book represents a much needed and very comprehensive resource for EAP researchers, teachers, and materials developers, as well as for students and unseasoned researchers who wish to gain a fundamental understanding of how to use language to produce effective written and spoken English academic discourse. I believe this work will be highly influential in the field." - Yoon Namkung, Georgia State University, English for Specific Purposes