Why do engineers "report" while philosophers "argue" and biologists "describe"? In the Michigan Classics Edition of Disciplinary Discourses: Social Interactions in Academic Writing, Ken Hyland examines the relationships between the cultures of academic communities and their unique discourses. Drawing on discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, and the voices of professional insiders, Ken Hyland explores how academics use language to organize their professional lives, carry out intellectual tasks, and reach agreement on what will count as knowledge. In addition, Disciplinary Discourses presents a useful framework for understanding the interactions between writers and their readers in published academic writing. From this framework, Hyland provides practical teaching suggestions and points out opportunities for further research within the subject area.
As issues of linguistic and rhetorical expression of disciplinary conventions are becoming more central to teachers, students, and researchers, the careful analysis and straightforward style of Disciplinary Discourses make it a remarkable asset.
The Michigan Classics Edition features a new preface by the author and a new foreword by John M. Swales.
Ken Hyland is a well-known researcher in the field of academic discourse, writing and language education, and has published over 26 books and 220 papers with 32,000 citations on Google Scholar. Ken taught English oversees in a variety of interesting and exotic places. First as a volunteer in the Sudan, and then in Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Along the way he got an MA from the University of Birmingham and a PhD from the University of Queensland. After 26 years travelling the world, he returned to London as a professor at the UCL Institute of Education before returning to Hong Kong to head the Centre for Applied English Studies at the University of Hong Kong in 2009. In 2017 he took a professorship at the University of East Anglia in the UK. He was the founding co-editor of the Journal of English for Academic Purposes and was co-editor of Applied Linguistics.