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The theoretical research article as a reflection of disciplinary practices: The case of pure mathematics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
Number of Authors: 2
2015 (English)In: Applied Linguistics, ISSN 0142-6001, E-ISSN 1477-450X, Vol. 36, no 2, 215-235 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent years have seen an interest in the generic structure of empirical research articles across a variety of disciplines. However, significantly less attention has been given to theoretical articles. This study aims to begin to address this imbalance by presenting the results of an investigation into the organizational and rhetorical structure of theoretical pure mathematics research articles. The data set combines a close analysis of 22 peer-reviewed articles and semi-structured interviews with their authors. While there is considerable variation in terms of the major section headings and content, the results reveal an overall structure that differs from a typical empirical research article. We argue that this alternative structure is produced by the dual argumentation—mathematical and meta-mathematical—which runs throughout the text. Moreover, triangulation with the interview data indicates that the structural patterns of the theoretical pure mathematics research article can be viewed as a reflection of the research practices and epistemology of the discipline.

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2015. Vol. 36, no 2, 215-235 p.
Keyword [en]
genre analysis, rhetorical structure, theoretical research article, english for academic purposes, disciplinary discourse
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English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-101168DOI: 10.1093/applin/amt042ISI: 000353831600004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-101168DiVA: diva2:699533
Available from: 2014-02-27 Created: 2014-02-27 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Writing for publication in four disciplines: Insights into text and context
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Scholars globally are under increasing pressure to publish in international, highly-ranked, and usually English-language journals. This has created a need for insights into the evolving discourses, genres, and publication practices of disciplinary discourse communities. This thesis reports an exploration of textual and contextual facets of writing for publication in the academy. More specifically, the overarching aim was to investigate the relationship between discipline, and the rhetorical features, genres, languages and dissemination outlets used by scholars. The thesis comprises four qualitative studies, and employs a variety of methods to explore this relationship across four disciplines: anthropology, history, linguistics and pure mathematics. The results reveal some connections between epistemological characteristics of the disciplines investigated and scholars’ rhetorical choices. The structure of the research article in pure mathematics is shown to reflect the process of knowledge construction in the discipline, and patterns of self-mentions in anthropology and history articles are attributed to disciplinary methodology. Furthermore, insights into the relationship between discipline, and genre use, language selection, and access to publication outlets are obtained. The results reveal disciplinary differences in terms of scholars’ opportunities to publish in the local language and in English. Based on my findings, I argue that while discipline is a significant factor in understanding how scholars construct and disseminate their research-based writing, these practices are also subject to local, international and digital developments. As such, the relationship between discipline, genre, language and publication should be understood as dynamic.

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Stockholm: Department of English, Stockholm University, 2015. 77 p.
Keyword
disciplinary discourse, EAP, ERPP, genre, writing for publication
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Languages and Literature
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English
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urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116674 (URN)978-91-7649-126-3 (ISBN)
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2015-05-30, hörsal 9, hus D, Universitetsvägen 10 D, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following papers were unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 1: In press. Paper 3: Submitted. Paper 4: Submitted.

Available from: 2015-05-07 Created: 2015-04-22 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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