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Discourses and Tales of Grant-Seeking Activity Academic Writing and Professional Expertise by Haiying Feng

Discourses and Tales of Grant-Seeking Activity Academic Writing and Professional Expertise

Part of the Europaeische Hochschulschriften / European University Studies / Publications Universitaires Europeennes Series


Discourses and Tales of Grant-Seeking Activity Academic Writing and Professional Expertise by Haiying Feng

Grant seeking - the first step in knowledge production - has been an indispensable part of academic life, yet a challenging task for neophyte as well as veteran scholars. We are always curious about how grant winners compose their abstracts, cite previous work, present their proposed study, and negotiate with gate-keepers behind the scene. Building upon ethnographic data and a large corpus of authentic research grant proposals and grant reviews, this book intends to demystify the grant seeking activity. It is an invaluable resource for grant agencies, grant reviewers and grant writers, particularly novice grant writers and/or non-native English writers. Discourses and Tales of Grant-Seeking Activity is however more than a resource book. It is one of the few studies that draw upon two genre theories, encompass both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, and unite an exploration of macro-level recurrences in discursive activity and micro-level examinations of individual writers' agency, positioning, negotiation and identity construction. It enhances our understanding of the development of professional expertise in academia and thus will be of interest to researchers in the fields of academic writing, genre analysis and Language for Specific Purposes (LSP).

About the Author

Haiying Feng is Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics, researcher of the Research Centre for Business English and Cross-Cultural Studies, University of International Business and Economics, China. She obtained her MA from the University of British Columbia, and her PhD from City University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include genre analysis, academic writing, and English for Specific Purposes.

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Publication date

25th February 2011


Haiying Feng

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Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften


270 pages


Speaking / pronunciation skills
Literary studies: general



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