Academic and Professional Discourse Genres in Spanish

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| Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso
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This volume offers a description and a deep examination of discourse genres across four disciplines (Psychology, Social Work, Industrial Chemistry, and Construction Engineering), in academic and professional settings. The study is based on one of the largest available corpus on disciplinary written discourse in Spanish (PUCV-2006 Corpus of Spanish containing almost 60 million words). Twelve chapters range from the theoretical guiding principles of the research in terms of genre conception, the detailed description of each corpus (academic and professional), computational analysis from multi-dimensional perspectives, and the qualitative analysis of two specialized genres (University Textbook and Disciplinary Text) in terms of their rhetorical macro-moves and moves. Theoretically speaking, a multi-dimensional perspective (social, linguistic and cognitive) is emphasized and special attention to the cognitive nature of discourse genres is supported.
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 40]  2010.  xii, 255 pp.
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Table of Contents
Foreword
ix–x
About the authors
xi–xii
Introduction
1–4
Acknowledgments
5–6
Chapter 1. Discourse genres, academic and professional discourses: The book and its contents
Giovanni Parodi
7–16
Chapter 2. Written discourse genres: Towards an integral conception from a sociocognitive perspective
Giovanni Parodi
17–35
Chapter 3. Discourse genres in the PUCV-2006 Academic and Professional Corpus of Spanish: Criteria, definitions, and examples
Giovanni Parodi, Romualdo Ibáñez O. and René Venegas
37–63
Chapter 4. Academic and professional genres: Variations across disciplines
Giovanni Parodi
65–82
Chapter 5. University academic genres: A miscellaneous discourse
Giovanni Parodi
83–99
Chapter 6. Multi-dimentional analysis of an academic corpus in Spanish
René Venegas
101–119
Chapter 7. Automatic text classification of disciplinary texts
René Venegas
121–141
Chapter 8. Rhetorical organisation of Textbooks: A “colony-in-loops”?
Giovanni Parodi
143–169
Chapter 9. The Textbook genre and its rhetorical organisation in four scientific disciplines: Between abstraction and concreteness
Giovanni Parodi
171–187
Chapter 10. The Disciplinary Text genre as a means for accessing disciplinary knowledge: A study from genre analysis perspective
Romualdo Ibáñez O.
189–211
Chapter 11. Academic discourse comprehension in Spanish and English: Accessing disciplinary domains
Romualdo Ibáñez O.
213–231
Chapter 12. Corollary: A critical synopsis of this book and some prospects for future challenges
Giovanni Parodi
233–238
References
239–252
Index
253–255
“Over the past 20 years, there has been an explosion of corpus-based studies of discourse. However, most of those studies have focused on the analysis of English-language corpora, and this is especially true of the studies that have been published in English. As a result, we currently know surprisingly little about the corpus-based study of linguistic variation in languages other than English. The present book takes a major step towards filling this gap in previous research, providing detailed corpus-based descriptions of genre variation in Spanish, one of the most widely-spoken languages of the world. The descriptions focus on written discourse in four major disciplines: psychology, social work, industrial chemistry, and construction engineering. However, unlike most previous studies, the research here further distinguishes between academic and professional discourse, and explicitly compares the linguistic patterns of use between the two domains.”
“This edited collection of corpus-based multidimensional descriptions of genre variation in Spanish has all the advantages of a single-authored study and much more; it offers analyses of the same corpus by a team of researchers driven by the same single-minded concerns for rigour and comprehensiveness. Parodi and his collaborators, in this inspiring volume, provide an insightful model for the analysis of construction, interpretation and use of academic and professional genres.”
“With this volume the authors present not only the largest and most carefully designed corpus of academic and professional writing in the world, but deploy state-of-the-art computational techniques to interpret Spanish discourse, further enriched by qualitative analysis. An intellectual tour de force from their internationally renowned centre for corpus linguistics research.”
“Everyone knows that the meaning of language and discourse depends on context, but this is a jaded, trivial claim without a systematic analysis of the constraints of context. Parodi’s book moves us a giant step forward by exploring a couple dozen genres in tour academic disciplines. One of the sins of many areas of language and discourse studies is to cherry-pick the texts in order to bolster pet claims that a researcher passionately wants to defend. Such an approach is neither science nor informative scholarship. This book lies at the other end of the continuum by performing a corpus analysis of nearly 500 texts and 60 million words that cover a large landscape of genre and disciplines in academia and professional settings.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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