Ken Hyland

List of John Benjamins publications for which Ken Hyland plays a role.



Subjects English linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Natural language processing | Pragmatics


Debates around the efficacy and dangers of vaccination have taken on critical importance with the Covid pandemic and WHO naming vaccine hesitancy as a major global health threat. We explore how writers use two types of blog, academic and journalistic, to promote key public health messages around… read more
Hyland, Ken and Feng (Kevin) Jiang 2021 The Covid infodemic: Competition and the hyping of virus researchLanguage and Covid-19, Mahlberg, Michaela and Gavin Brookes (eds.), pp. 444–468 | Article
Covid-19, the greatest global health crisis for a century, brought a new immediacy and urgency to international bio-medical research. The pandemic generated intense competition to produce a vaccine and contain the virus, creating what the World Health Organization referred to as an ‘infodemic’… read more
Published academic writing often seems to be an unchanging form of discourse with its frozen informality remaining stable over time. Recent work has shown, however, that these texts are highly interactive and dialogic as writers anticipate and take into account readers’ likely objections,… read more
Hyland, Ken 2019 Foreword: Bringing in the readerEngagement in Professional Genres, Sancho Guinda, Carmen (ed.), pp. xi–xiv | Chapter
Hyland, Ken 2018 Preface: Academic writing and non-Anglophone scholarsIntercultural Perspectives on Research Writing, Mur-Dueñas, Pilar and Jolanta Šinkūnienė (eds.), pp. vii–x | Miscellaneous
Hyland, Ken and Feng (Kevin) Jiang 2018 Academic lexical bundles: How are they changing?International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 23:4, pp. 383–407 | Article
An important component of fluent linguistic production and a key distinguishing feature of particular modes, registers and genres is the multi-word expressions referred to as ‘lexical bundles’. These are extended collocations which appear more frequently than expected by chance, helping to shape… read more
The study of interactive features of language has been a very productive source of insights into written discourse in recent years, revealing the ways that writers engage with readers to successfully persuade them of a particular viewpoint in a range of different genres and contexts. While a… read more
Hyland, Ken 2014 Introductory chapter: Dialogue, community and persuasion in research writingDialogicity in Written Specialised Genres, Gil-Salom, Luz and Carmen Soler-Monreal (eds.), pp. 1–20 | Article
The expression of personal opinions and assessments is a ubiquitous feature of human interaction and, despite its apparently impersonal facade, also central to academic writing. In scholarly genres argument involves presenting a position on things that matter to a discipline in ways that… read more
Hyland, Ken and Fiona Hyland 2012 Chapter 3. ‘You could make this clearer’: Teachers’ advice on ESL academic writingAdvice in Discourse, Limberg, Holger and Miriam A. Locher (eds.), pp. 53–72 | Chapter
The comments students receive on their written work are one of the most ubiquitous forms of advice found in educational settings, and this advice takes on even greater importance in second language classrooms. This study is based on a small corpus of feedback given by two teachers to six ESL… read more
Hyland, Ken 2011 Looking through corpora into writing practicesPerspectives on Corpus Linguistics, Viana, Vander, Sonia Zyngier and Geoff Barnbrook (eds.), pp. 99–114 | Article

Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong, Ken Hyland focuses on what is gained when writing practices are informed by Corpus Linguistics. Based on his studies, Hyland discusses the styles of specific community of writers. In fact, he addresses issues which lie at the… read more
This chapter explores the main theories for understanding learning to write in adult contexts, briefly discussing their research underpinnings and showing how they translate into pedagogic practice. Making a broad distinction between theories concerned with texts, with writers and with readers, I… read more
The concept of voice has become central to studies of discourse, composition, and literature, but in this paper I want to shift its meaning a little to explore an area where voice is thought to play only a minor role: that of academic writing. I intend here to explore the idea of ‘disciplinary… read more
The study of interpersonal features of academic texts, through which writers evaluate their material and engage their readers, has been one of the most productive areas of discourse studies of the past decade. Scholarly writing involves adopting a position and persuading readers of claims, and the… read more
Hyland, Ken 2004 A convincing argument: Corpus analysis and academic persuasionDiscourse in the Professions: Perspectives from corpus linguistics, Connor, Ulla and Thomas A. Upton (eds.), pp. 87–112 | Article
Hyland, Ken 2000 “It might be suggested that...”: Academic hedging and student writingDiscourse Analysis and Language Teaching, Alcón-Soler, Eva and Josep R. Guzman Pitarch (eds.), pp. 83–97 | Article
Britain's 150 year colonial administration of Hong Kong came to an end in June 1997 when the territory reverted to Chinese sovereignty. Because the fate of languages is closely related to the power of different groups in a society, this constitutional transition raises important issues of language… read more