Stance and Voice in Written Academic Genres

Hardcover | September 24, 2012

EditorK. Hyland, C. Sancho Guinda

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Stance and voice are among the most significant concepts in writing theory and pedagogy today. Referring to the ways we express a point of view and engage with others, the terms are particularly controversial in the domain of academic writing, long considered a faceless and impersonal kind of discourse. But while corpus research shows that stance is scarcer in academic genres than in many other contexts, the complex, and distinctive ways scholars and students present their attitudes to their texts, their readers and their content offers a rich area of study for discourse analysts and students of academic writing. This book reappraises the notions of stance and voice and reconsiders their relevance in applied linguistics, showing their expression and impact in a broad range of written academic genres. In its fifteen chapters, leading authorities offer their thoughts and research on the following issues:
• The key frameworks, methods, theories and areas of research
• The expression of stance and voice in a range of genres and disciplines
• The centrality of community and context in the expression of stance and voice
• The main factors of variation: channel, discipline, culture and time
• Questions of authenticity, distinctiveness, empowerment and identity


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Stance and voice are among the most significant concepts in writing theory and pedagogy today. Referring to the ways we express a point of view and engage with others, the terms are particularly controversial in the domain of academic writing, long considered a faceless and impersonal kind of discourse. But while corpus research shows ...

KEN HYLAND Chair is a professor of Applied Linguistics and Director of the Centre for Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He has taught in Asia, Australasia and the UK, and published over 160 articles and 16 books. He was founding co-editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and is now co-ed...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.04 inPublished:September 24, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors

Introduction; K.Hyland & C.Sancho-Guinda
Current Conceptions of Stance; B.Gray & D.Biber
Current Conceptions of Voice; C.Tardy
Voice and Stance as APPRAISAL: Persuading and Positioning in Research Writing Across Intellectual Fields; S.Hood
Stance in Academic Bios; P.Tse
Hedging, Stance and Voice in Medical Research Articles; A.Gross & P.Chesley
Authorial Voice in Textbooks: Between Exposition and Argument; M.Bondi
Achieving a Voice of Authority in PhD Theses; P.Thompson
Undergraduate Understandings: Stance and Voice in Undergraduate Reports; K.Hyland
Voice in Student Essays; P.K.Matsuda & J.V.Jeffery
Proximal Positioning in Students' Graph Commentaries; C.Sancho-Guinda
Stance and Voice in Academic Discourse Across Channels; A.Hewings
Voice and Stance Across Disciplines in Academic Discourse; M.Silver
Variation of Stance and Voice Across Cultures; K.Fløttum
The Voice of Scholarly Dispute in Medical Book Reviews 1890-2010; F.Salager-Meyer, M.Áriza & M.Briceño
Epilogue; D.Cameron