This volume investigates to what extent existing approaches to pragmatics
and discourse shed light on how the form of a text creates stylistic
effects. Taking a cross-cultural perspective, this book focuses on five key
stylistic features of writing - paragraph structure, length and
construction of sentences, organisation of information in sentences,
relative formality of vocabulary, amount of nominalisation - widely seen as
partly responsible for the different impressions created by academic
writing in English and Italian. The author develops a theoretical framework
for the investigation of intuitions about stylistic differences from a
contrastive point of view. To this end, the book gives an overview of
recent scholarly approaches to writing and reading, genre studies,
contrastive rhetoric and the notions of style and stylistics, together with
an assessment of several individual approaches.
- Five areas of cross-cultural variation
- Conceptualisations of academic writing
- Style manuals: What can they tell us?
- Four frameworks and approaches: What can they tell us?
- Relevance theory: Comprehension and style
- Relevance theory: What insights can it give us?
The Author: Nicola T. Owtram is head of the Language Centre at the European
University Institute in Florence, where she teaches English for Academic
Purposes. She holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from University College, London.
Her research interests lie in the fields of academic writing, comparative
stylistics, and cognitive pragmatics.