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.
1. Foreword; 2. About the authors; 3. Introduction; 4. Acknowledgments; 5. Chapter 1. Discourse genres, academic and professional discourses: The book and its contents (by Parodi, Giovanni); 6. Chapter 2. Written discourse genres: Towards an integral conception from a sociocognitive perspective (by Parodi, Giovanni); 7. Chapter 3. Discourse genres in the PUCV-2006 Academic and Professional Corpus of Spanish: Criteria, definitions, and examples (by Parodi, Giovanni); 8. Chapter 4. Academic and professional genres: Variations across disciplines (by Parodi, Giovanni); 9. Chapter 5. University academic genres: A miscellaneous discourse (by Parodi, Giovanni); 10. Chapter 6. Multi-dimentional analysis of an academic corpus in Spanish (by Venegas, Rene); 11. Chapter 7. Automatic text classification of disciplinary texts (by Venegas, Rene); 12. Chapter 8. Rhetorical organisation of Textbooks: A "colony-in-loops"? (by Parodi, Giovanni); 13. Chapter 9. The Textbook genre and its rhetorical organisation in four scientific disciplines: Between abstraction and concreteness (by Parodi, Giovanni); 14. Chapter 10. The Disciplinary Text genre as a means for accessing disciplinary knowledge: A study from genre analysis perspective (by Ibanez, Romualdo); 15. Chapter 11. Academic discourse comprehension in Spanish and English: Accessing disciplinary domains (by Ibanez, Romualdo); 16. Chapter 12. Corollary: A critical synopsis of this book and some prospects for future challenges (by Parodi, Giovanni); 17. References; 18. Index