Professional Discourse

Professional Discourse

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Using a wide range of professional genres such as research papers, business reports, performance commentaries, guidebooks and legal documents, this study focuses on the discourse of professional writing, employing analytic paradigms from systemic-functional linguistics, pragmatics, text analysis, sociology and anthropological linguistics. Kenneth Kong argues that while professions use different sets of practices, their use of language displays many universals. This is demonstrated through the analysis of data from a broad cross-section of professional settings such as medicine, law, business, mass media and engineering. This examination of professional discourse, and its important role in society, will be of interest to researchers in applied linguistics, to professionals who want to understand the role of language in their work, and to teachers of English for specific purposes.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 23 b/w illus. 13 tables
  • 1139989855
  • 9781139989855

Table of contents

1. Introduction; Part I. Conceptual Issues: 2. Profession as a symbolic community; Part II. Linguistic Realizations: 3. Ideology in professional discourse; 4. Communicative competence in the professional workplace; 5. A model of interpersonal negotiation in professional discourse; Part III. Functions and Global Patterns: 6. Speech functions; 7. Intertextuality; 8. Genre and textual patterning; 9. Multimodality; 10. Conclusion.
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About Kenneth Kong

Kenneth Kong is Associate Professor in the English Department at Hong Kong Baptist University.
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Review quote

'Kenneth Kong's Professional Discourse is a keenly competent and deeply insightful discussion of the language and identity work of professionals. It is the state of the art in the field today.' James Paul Gee, Arizona State University 'Professional Discourse promises to become a landmark contribution to the politics of, training for, and conduct of being professional in diverse occupations across international communities. It provides in-depth coverage of the theories, techniques, and assumptions in an engaging yet precise style, and serves as an indispensable resource for students as well as seasoned practitioners and researchers.' Patrice M. Buzzanell, Purdue University
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