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Academic Evaluation: Review Genres in University Settings by Ken Hyland, Giuliana Diani

By Ken Hyland, Giuliana Diani

This ebook explores how teachers publically review each one others paintings. targeting blurbs, publication experiences, evaluation articles, and literature reports, the overseas participants to the quantity exhibit how writers have the capacity to significantly interact with others rules, argue their very own viewpoints, and determine educational credibility.

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ER2) Davide Simone Giannoni 25 As reported in other studies on the language of BRs (see Hyland 1998), a large part of negative speech acts are mitigated: the examples above employ approximators of degree (‘rather’, ‘quite a’) and a ‘polar comment’ or praise–criticism pair sequence (‘Although the discussion . . is significant, it is rather confusing’). Their force is thus counterbalanced by collocations that hedge both the claim’s coverage and its intensity. Not all the occurrences were as straightforward as those shown so far.

Despite their apparent similarity, blurbs and publisher’s descriptions were therefore distinguishable in terms of evaluative intensity, with the former containing almost four times more evaluators than the latter. This suggests a clear division of roles between the two genres: blurbs (whether written entirely or in part by the book’s author) tend to concentrate on the monograph’s merits and its contribution to the literature – which makes them the most value-laden genre in the group – while publisher’s descriptions are mainly descriptive accounts Davide Simone Giannoni 31 of the book’s contents, with the occasional addition of an upbeat review passage.

2. Before turning to each category and its linguistic realizations, however, the overall significance of these results should be considered. 8 occurrences). Positive additive evaluators were by far the favourite option, followed at a distance by negative additive and negative detractive realizations. 6 22 An Overview of Review Genres This indicates that, within the review genres considered, a desirable trait is signalled nearly always as a quality possessed by the evaluated object (1), while an undesirable trait is signalled either as the presence of a negative quality (2) or less often (3) as the absence of a positive one (emphasis added): (1) His review clearly demonstrates that this literature is both heterogeneous and multidisciplinary.

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