9780472087136

English in Today's Research World: A Writing Guide

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  • ISBN13:

    9780472087136

  • ISBN10:

    0472087134

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-02-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr
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Summary

The authors ofAcademic Writing for Graduate Studentshave written a book for the next level of second language writing.English in Today's Research Worldoffers students a very high level of writing instruction, with a specific focus on the projects students undertake--such as dissertations and conference abstracts--at the end of their university work or as they begin careers in research or academia. In addition to instruction on writing for publication,English in Today's Research Worldprovides needed advice on applications, recommendations, and requests--types of communications that are particularly vulnerable to influences from national cultural expectations and conventions and that, therefore, place the NNS writer at increased disadvantage. The text is both a reference manual and a course book, so that researchers can continue to use the book after they have completed their formal education. New ESL/EFL teachers can useEnglish in Today's Research Worldas a reference book for themselves or as a teaching aid in the classroom.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(2)
Unit One: The Positioning of the Research Writer 3(27)
Part A
Writing Processes: How Effective Are Your Writing Strategies?
4(3)
Written Products: Genres, Genre Networks, and Genre Plans
7(3)
``Research Writer Positioning'': Different Approaches to the Same Data
10(5)
Part B
Where Do You Stand? Cross-cultural Differences in Research Languages
15(1)
Investigating Style: Informal Elements in Academic Writing
16(4)
Academic Names, Autobiography, and Bio-data
20(5)
Notes and Comments for Unit One
25(5)
Unit Two: Stepping onto a Wider Stage---the Conference Abstract 30(50)
A Close Look at the Structure of a Conference Abstract
32(4)
Conference Abstracts across Disciplines
36(3)
The Rating of Conference Abstracts
39(1)
The Role of a Senior Author: An Example
40(2)
The Problem of Promissory Abstracts
42(10)
Reformulations
52(3)
Conference Abstract Titles
55(3)
Reviewing Conference Abstracts
58(4)
The Ordering of Author Names and Short Versions of Conference Abstracts
62(3)
Notes and Comments for Unit Two
65(15)
Unit Three: Research on Display---the Conference Poster 80(34)
Introductory Activities
81(5)
Poster Layouts
86(4)
Types of Compressed Language
90(6)
Captions
96(2)
Further Notes on the Technical Noun Phrase
98(8)
Etiquette on ``the Day''
106(2)
Notes and Comments for Unit Three
108(6)
Unit Four: The Literature Review 114(34)
Types and Characteristics of Literature Reviews
115(3)
Organizing the Literature: Creating an Architecture
118(10)
Citations
128(7)
Paraphrase and Evaluation
135(4)
A Postscript and a Warning
139(2)
Notes and Comments for Unit Four
141(7)
Unit Five: More Complex Literature Reviews 148(39)
Weaknesses in Literature Reviews
149(1)
A First Case: Reviewing the Concept of Discourse Community
150(9)
English in the Research World: A Further Perspective
159(3)
A Second Literature Review Case
162(7)
Using Metadiscourse
169(7)
What about Interdisciplinarity?
176(3)
Notes and Comments for Unit Five
179(8)
Unit Six: Further Steps and Stops on the Dissertation Road 187(41)
The Dissertation Abstract
188(10)
Thesis and Dissertation Acknowledgments
198(8)
Principled Narratives and Extensive Methods Sections
206(10)
Dealing with Unexpected Results
216(2)
The Problematic Final Chapter
218(3)
Notes and Comments for Unit Six
221(7)
Unit Seven: Academic Communications in Support of the Research Process 228(29)
Requests
230(8)
Reminders and Responses
238(3)
Disclaimers and Apologies
241(2)
Submission Letters
243(4)
Further Correspondence with Editors
247(3)
Notes and Comments for Unit Seven
250(7)
Unit Eight: Academic Communications in Support of a Research Career 257(34)
The Curriculum Vitae
258(7)
Fellowship Applications
265(3)
Job and Position Applications
268(5)
Letters of Recommendation
273(10)
Notes and Comments for Unit Eight
283(8)
Index 291

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