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Chapter: Any Land in Sight?

Any Land in Sight? by Marina Santini, Serge Sharoff, Alexander Mehler In: Genres on the Web Computational Models and Empirical Studies Alexander Mehler, Serge Sharoff and Marina Santini Text, Speech and Language Technology Volume 42, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9178-9 Abstract Is there hope of sorting out the complex issues of genre on the web? Is there any land in sight? We think so. Genre is a multifarious concept that lends itself to many interpretations and uses. For this reason, we included as many approaches and different views as possible. We believe that the plurality and diversity of visions fosters cross-fertilisation of ideas and that inter- and transdisciplinarity are the most productive approaches to increasing our understanding of this important concept. … Read entire article »

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Abstract: Conventions and Mutual Expectations

Conventions and Mutual Expectations – Understanding Sources for Web genres by Jussi Karlgren In: Genres on the Web Computational Models and Empirical Studies Alexander Mehler, Serge Sharoff and Marina Santini Text, Speech and Language Technology Volume 42, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9178-9 Abstract Genres can be understood in many different ways. They are often perceived as a primarily sociological construction, or, alternatively, as a stylostatistically observable objective characteristic of texts. The latter view is more common in the research field of information and language technology. These two views can be quite compatible and can inform each other; this present investigation discusses knowledge sources for studying genre variation and change by observing reader and author behaviour rather than performing analyses on the information objects themselves. … Read entire article »

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Chapter Excerpt: Riding the Rough Waves of Genre on the Web

Riding the Rough Waves of Genre on the Web Concepts and Research Questions Marina Santini, Alexander Mehler, Serge Sharoff In: Genres on the Web Computational Models and Empirical Studies Alexander Mehler, Serge Sharoff and Marina Santini Text, Speech and Language Technology Volume 42, 2011, DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-9178-9 1 Why is Genre Important? Genre, in the most generic definition, takes the meaning “kind; sort; style” (OED). A more specialised definition of genre in OED reads: “A particular style or category of works of art; esp. a type of literary work characterised by a particular form, style, or purpose.”. Similar definitions are found in other dictionaries, for instance, OALD reads “a particular type or style of literature, art, film or music that you can recognise because of its special features”. Broadly speaking, then, generalising from lexicographic definitions, genre can be seen … Read entire article »

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Book Review: Genre Relations (2008)

Review of  Genre Relations (to be published in Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 7-2) Reviewer: Marina Santini Authors: Martin, James and Rose, David Title: Genre Relations Subtitle: Mapping Culture Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd. Year: 2008. Reprint: 2009 The book Genre Relations – Mapping Culture includes a Preface, six chapters, and an index. The volume – first published in 2008 and reprinted in 2009 – provides a thorough and well-motivated introduction to genre theory from the perspective of the Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), also known as the Sydney School. The Preface describes the background of the book and lists the people who have had a relevant role in the discussion of the genre theory presented in the volume. Chapter 1 explains the linguistic framework within which the genre theory has been conceived. Chapters 2-5 analyze five major families of genres, namely … Read entire article »

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Book Review: Academic Writing and Genre (2008)

Review of Academic Writing and Genre (available also in the LinguistList Reviews archive) Reviewer: Marina Santini Book Author: Ian Bruce Book Title: Academic Writing and Genre Subtitle: A Systematic Analysis Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd Year: 2008 SUMMARY This is a monograph consisting of 7 chapters and 5 appendices. It focuses on genre-based approaches to the teaching of academic writing. The book reviews pedagogical approaches to genre and presents a comprehensive synthesis of the current research in the field. After a thorough review, which includes also reflections on the nature of human categorization, the author, Ian Bruce, proposes an innovative model to teach academic writing through a two-layer genre-based approach, and discusses the ways in which such a model can be implemented in an academic curriculum for undergraduates and post-graduates, and native and non-speakers. The book is informative, clearly written … Read entire article »

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