Academic Writing in Europe: Empirical Perspectives

Author: Josef Schmied

Publisher: Cuvillier Verlag

ISBN: 9783736937390

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 166

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The need for a comparative empirical approach to academic writing has become evident during the development of new MA and PhD programmes in the so-called Bologna process, where academic skills components had to be included. This is not only because more and more students even at postgraduate levels seem to lack the skills that have been taken for granted for a long time at European universities or that were considered part of the autonomous efforts of young scholars themselves and not the responsibility of their teachers. This is also because with the further expansion of English as THE language of science and international cooperation during the last few decades, new challenges and opportunities have arisen for English specialists. On the one hand, there seems to be a standardising trend in international writing that discourages national styles and traditions in specific disciplines and genres that scholars need to be aware of, if they want to take part successfully in international science discourse. On the other hand, English departments and English graduates in Europe may be able to prove their “usefulness” by research and teaching in the expanding field of academic writing.
Academic Writing for South Eastern Europe

Author: Josef Schmied

Publisher: Cuvillier Verlag

ISBN: 9783736949591

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 204

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This contribution introduces the key concepts of academic writing, metalanguage and genre. Metalanguage is seen to include all writer-reader interaction, esp. stance and engagement markers. The concept of genres in academic writing is discussed as a core-periphery model with the research article in the centre and the conference presentation, research monograph, handbook article and the chain from BA through MA to PhD thesis as other core genres. All concepts are explained and illustrated by examples from the ChemCorpus, which can serve as a (partial) reference corpus to all the other national mini-corpora in the SE European academic writing project and beyond. A research-based approach means that writers do not learn rules, but discover patterns and conventions themselves, either by testing ideas from textbooks or by exploring their own small corpora, even to test whether their linguistic variables are appropriate for their text/genre or socio-biographical variables. They can also use comparisons with similar corpora to position themselves in the spectrum between individual identity and disciplinary convention. Through this approach graduates gain skills that should be useful for their own writings at university and even for their professional life afterwards.
Academic Writing for Africa: The Journal Article

Author: Josef Schmied

Publisher: Cuvillier Verlag

ISBN: 9783736989375

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 240

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The present volume draws on the experience of the Workshop held in Benin City, Nigeria in May 2018, where doctoral students and experienced mentors met to work on their journal articles from a simple abstract or a first draft to a concrete publication proposal. Since research articles are the most important academic texts in academic careers today, young African scholars must practice to choose current topics, to use appropriate methodologies and argumentation structures, to draw tentative conclusions, and to be aware of limitations and further research necessary in their field. Mentors can advise them to apply proper statistical procedures, to edit their texts carefully and to submit them in acceptable format to appropriate journals. The contributions can also serve as a general model for open and critical international and intercultural academic discourse on publishing research articles in international journals.
Academic Writing and Research across Disciplines in Africa

Author: Josef Schmied

Publisher: Cuvillier Verlag

ISBN: 9783736983946

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 306

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The present volume draws on the experience of the pan-African conference in Yaoundé in Summer 2015, where young scholars from Cameroon met young and experienced scholars from Germany, Tanzania, Ghana, and Nigeria. They discussed not only their individual research projects, but also their personal writing experience. This volume records some of the conference presentations supplemented by specially commissioned contributions by experienced research partners in the field. It is particularly useful for young scholars who intend to demonstrate their credibility as researchers in their thesis (BA, MA, or PhD) or in their research and grant applications, in national and international networks. The examples of small projects here try to prove and illustrate that every scholar can profit from the international exchange of ideas and research experience.
Conflicting Truths in Academic and Journalistic Writing

Author: Josef Schmied

Publisher: Cuvillier Verlag

ISBN: 9783736962071

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

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The present volume draws on the experience of the Summer School held in August 2019 in Ohrid, where graduate students and experienced scholars met from Germany, Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, and Croatia. All contributions discuss original empirical research on texts that construe conflicting truths in the idest sense, either from academic or from journalistic writing, mainly from a South Eastern European perspective. The contributions can also serve as a general model for open and critical international and intercultural academic discourse in joint teaching, research and publishing.
Credibility, Honesty, Ethics & Politeness in Academic and Journalistic Writing

Author: Josef Schmied

Publisher: Cuvillier Verlag

ISBN: 9783736989535

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 168

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The present volume draws on the experience of the Summer School held in August 2018 in Split, where graduate students and experienced scholars met from Germany, Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, and Croatia. All contributions discuss small-scale empirical research on the threatened ideals mentioned in the title as desirable and achievable parts of their daily lives as members of modern universities and civil societies. The contributions can also serve as a general model for open and critical international and intercultural academic discourse in joint teaching, research and publishing.
English for Academic Purposes

Author: Josef Schmied

Publisher: Cuvillier Verlag

ISBN: 9783736945821

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 210

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This volume represents the final outgrowth of the confluence of two methodological strands: The study of academic writing in a Central European context on the one side and the dialogue that was enabled through the activities within the project framework of Saxon-Czech cooperation on the other. The volume has a tripartite, top-down structure that considers the problems and obvious shortcomings of the field at first from a theoretical, then from an applied perspective. Therefore we start out with considerations more at home in the methodology of science and epistemology, move toward applications with empirical studies and finally observe trends in putting this into practice in teaching. The major questions raised by the theory of academic writing revolve traditionally around stylistic features and text-linguistic considerations. Most authors in this volume, however, have also practiced academic writing. The picture emerging from this is therefore necessarily a heterogeneous one but one that undergoes sequential refinement in the course of the volume.
From Uncertainty to Confidence and Trust

Author: Jessica Dheskali

Publisher: Cuvillier Verlag

ISBN: 9783736966369

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 194

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This publication originated from the idea that uncertainty should not be taken as fear of the unknown that should be avoided, but as a natural starting point for scientific and journalistic writing. Risk awareness is seen as a necessary prerequisite for gaining confidence and evoking trust. Moving from uncertainty to confidence and trust is also an integral part of international academic collaboration, as the discussions of the partners from Germany (Chemnitz), Macedonia (Skopje, Ohrid/Bitola), Albania (Vlora), Serbia (Niš, Vršac), Croatia (Split) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (Banja Luka) have shown throughout this and previous years. The project, funded by DAAD, aimed to bridge the diverse cultural academic and media contexts in Southeast Europe and to show that uncertainty can and should be taken as an opportunity. This was achieved through discussions and research projects in the course of an online workshop and summer school and this publication.
Critical Discourse and Corpus Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar

Author: Chenguang Chang

Publisher: Cuvillier Verlag

ISBN: 9783736963474

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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The present volume draws on the experience of the Workshop held in Germany in late 2018 to combine the specialisations of the two linguistic research teams of the two partner universities, Sun Yat-sen University in China and Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany. It combines more theoretical approaches by experienced scholars and case studies by young researchers on topics and texts on current Chinese developments. The contributions can also serve as a general model for open and critical international and intercultural academic discourse.
Working with Media Texts

Author: Josef Schmied

Publisher: Cuvillier Verlag

ISBN: 9783736987098

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 230

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The present volume is the productive result of multilateral academic collaboration between institutions of higher education from Germany (Chemnitz), Macedonia (Ohrid, Bitola), Albania (Vlora) and Serbia (Niš). The collaboration, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), was set up to establish a West-East Dialogue and a better understanding and processing of the crises in Europe through the deconstruction and construction of media texts. The contributions in this volume illustrate how ‘crises’ are constructed by the media discursively, with attention paid to the linguistic elements of media texts, and in some cases accompanying images. The authors in this volume are students and established scholars that come from different but intersecting disciplines. They each focus on different ‘crises’ in different (national) media outlets, offering new perspectives on how social, political and geographical events may be shaped by the media, and how these mediatised portrayals may in turn influence public perspectives on a range of issues.