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Title: Discourses and Tales of Grant-Seeking Activity
Subtitle: Academic Writing and Professional Expertise
Written By: Haiying Feng
Series Title: Europäische Hochschulschriften - Band 366

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).

Contents: Review of Research on Grant-Seeking Activity - Research Writing
in terms of Genre and Person-in-the-World - Window Display: A Corpus-Based
Study of Research Grant Proposal Abstracts - Voices and Positioning: Grant
Writers' Referential Acts in the Literature Review - Averral and
attribution: A Study of Niche Claims - Voices behind the Curtain: A
Genre-Based Study of Grant Reviews - Pushing at the Gatekeeper's Fence:
Case study of Two Scholars Seeking Grants in Hong Kong.

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.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
General Linguistics
Discipline of Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034305464
Pages: 290
Prices: U.S. $ 72.95
U.K. £ 42.30
Europe EURO 47.00