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Reading Suggestions – Games, use cases and instinct: a matter of genre

Toward a Rhetoric of Serious Game Genres Lee Sherlock (Michigan State University, USA) Copyright © 2010. In Interdisciplinary Models and Tools for Serious Games: Emerging Concepts and Future Directions Abstract This chapter examines the construction of serious game genre frameworks from a rhetorical perspective. The author argues that to understand the forms of persuasion, learning, and social action that serious games facilitate, perspectives on genre must be developed and applied that situate serious gaming activity within larger systems of discourse, meaning-making, and text circulation. The current disconnect between popular understandings of serious game genres and those expressed by serious game developers represents one instance where rhetorical genre studies can be applied to generate knowledge about the “genre work” that serious games perform. Advocating a notion of genre that seeks to identify forms of social … 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: Email Hoaxes (2008)

Review of  Email Hoaxes (also available in the LinguistList Reviews archive) Reviewer: Marina Santini AUTHOR: Heyd, Theresa TITLE: Email Hoaxes SUBTITLE: Form, Function, Genre Ecology SERIES: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 174 YEAR: 2008 PUBLISHER: John Benjamins SUMMARY The book is based on the thesis submitted by the author, Theresa Heyd, for the  degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf in April  2007. It is a genre study of a computer-mediated text type, the email hoax (EH),  in which the author investigates a corpus of EHs in order to assess whether a  status of genre can be given to this discourse form. This research question  leads to the definition of a framework for the linguistic analysis of genre in  general. … 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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