Cross-Linguistic and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Academic Discourse

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  • Editors: Eija Suomela-Salmi1, and Fred Dervin2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2009
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027288738

The goal of this volume is to examine academic discourse (AD) from cross-linguistic and cross-cultural perspectives. The adjective <i>Cross-cultural</i> in the volume title is not just limited to national contexts but also includes a cross-disciplinary perspective. Twelve scientific fields are under scrutiny in the articles. One of the unique aspects of the volume is the inclusion of a variety of foreign languages (English (as a lingua franca), Spanish, French, Swedish, Russian, German, Italian, and Norwegian). Besides, in several articles dealing with oral AD, comparisons and parallels are also established with written AD. The research methodologies used in the studies are varied and they offer an overview of the diversity and richness of approaches to AD. All in all, it is hoped that the volume appeals not only to young researchers but also to confirmed scholars interested in cross-linguistic and cross-cultural aspects of AD. It will also be of interest to language teachers or teachers who are involved with e.g. international students and academic mobility.

Subjects: Discourse studies; Pragmatics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Turku; 2: University of Turku and University of Joensuu

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