Changing Times; Changing Texts

Hyland, Ken (2023) Changing Times; Changing Texts. In: Writing as a Human Activity. WAC Clearinghouse, Denver, USA. ISBN 978-1-64642-391-0

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In ‘Shaping Written Knowledge’, Chuck Bazerman opened a new world to many of us, demonstrating how scholars construct a ‘stable rhetorical universe’ within which their ideas make sense to others. One of the key ideas in this book was how the research article is a child of its time; a response to a particular historical context which shapes both the forms of scientific writing and the communities that use them. Coming from applied linguistics and without Bazerman’s unique ability to combine insights from rhetorical, sociological and literary perspectives, this paper nevertheless attempts to suggest how today’s context has changed writing practices in the academy. Since Bazerman published his book in 1988, the academic landscape is almost unrecognisable. There has been an explosion of journals, papers and authors with the globalisation of research and the encroaching demands of publishing metrics on scholars across the planet. We have also witnessed a growing imperative for authors to reach new audiences and sponsors and seen the fragmentation and specialisation of research. Based on a corpus of 2.2 million words from the same leading journals in four disciplines at three periods over the past 50 years, I explore some of the ways these changes have impacted knowledge construction practices of the disciplines.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2022 01:03
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2023 14:30
DOI: 10.37514/PER-B.2023.1800.2.3

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