Investigating Aspects of Academic Discourse
paperback, 176 pp., 1. edition
published: january 2024
recommended price: 280 czk
This monograph deals with English academic discourse and focuses on some of its constitutive features. Although a variety of particular topics are addressed, the volume is largely centred on three standards of textuality, namely intertextuality, coherence, and informativity. In this book, all these standards meet in the Global Theme, which is grasped here uniquely as a cluster of relevant features – embodied by the titles, lists of keywords and their in-text use, and further developed through diverse academic subgenres, through paragraph themes and enhanced by integrating relevant citations. This monograph explores written academic discourse exclusively. It is firmly established on the systematic investigation of authentic data drawn from the discourse of the humanities. The book profiles stylistic, text linguistic and discourse analyses, employing a range of relevant theories, including the Functional Sentence Perspective, and thus indirectly verifying their viability. All the chapters provide quantitative as well as qualitative analyses of data, striving to achieve an appropriate balance and to interpret the findings functionally. From the epistemological viewpoint, all of the studies involved in the monograph are rooted in the Prague functionalist tradition, naturally enriched by modern approaches from world linguistics.