By V. K. Bhatia
Style research has a normal culture in literature, yet curiosity within the research of non-literary genres has been very fresh. This ebook examines the speculation of style research, seems at style research in motion, taking texts from a wide selection of genres and discusses using style research in language instructing and language reform.
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In the direction of generality we find discourse analyses of everyday conversation, analyses of written discourse in terms of descriptive, narrative, argumentative writing; whereas in the specific direction, we find analyses of research article introductions, legislative provisions, doctor-patient consultation and counsel-witness examination as genres. Somewhere in between, we can place register analyses of scientific and journalistic texts, etc. The third parameter along which it is useful to distinguish discourse analysis is that of application.
Although, as I pointed out in the previous section, there was some importance given to discourse organization in interactional analysis, there was no systematic handling of conventionalized aspects of discourse structure in many of the studies. In order to move towards a thicker description, discourse analysis needs a model which is rich in socio-cultural, institutional and organizational explanation, relevant and useful to language teachers and applied linguists rather than to grammatical theorists, and discriminating enough to highlight variation rather than uniformity in functional language use; a model which is not seen as an extension of grammatical formalism but is truly applied in nature, in the sense that it requires minimum support and interference from grammatical theory, and exploits maximally the conventional aspects of language use.
From the point of view of the analysis of functional variation in language, one envisages at least three 54 different kinds of orientation, depending upon the nature of background knowledge and the motivating purpose the researcher brings to genre analysis. 1 Linguistics and genre analysis As one more closely associated with linguistics, I would like to begin with a predominantly linguistic orientation. Much of what has come to be regarded as some form of register or stylistic analysis, and more recently certain types of discourse analysis, has been mainly concerned with a linguistic description of various texts.
Analysing Genre: Language Use in Professional Settings by V. K. Bhatia