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Writing up your research: Points to consider

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Christopher Hank

on 26 April 2017

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Transcript of Writing up your research: Points to consider

Focus on form!
This guy's not feeling it,
Captive audience
Uninterested audience
Mixed audience
Hedge wisely!
...but consider readers' needs!
Know your target audience!
Ethics in research
but at least he's paying attention!
Step outside yourself!
Broaden self-learning possibilities!
research interests?
& publishing
Know disciplinary and
cultural differences
logical structure
Break rules when necessary!
peer review
active language use
editorial politics
levels of confidence
AWL Gapmaker
corpora & word banks
grammar sites
style guides
data inclusion/exclusion
truth vs. funding
the weight of convention
argument form and coherence
technical terms
style (academic vs. popular)
given/new information
spoken vs. written
...but know the risks
Purposes of writing?
Creating a Research Space
Move 1: Establishing a Territory
Move 2: Establishing a Niche
Move 3: Occupying the Niche
Sketching out the situation and topic importance
Literature review
Specifying the problem
Indicating a gap
Raising a question
Indicating the purpose and aims of your research
Specifying the particular problems dealt with
Indicating the structure of the paper
Briefly announcing and evaluating findings (?)
(Swales & Feak)
makes things fuzzier
George Lakoff
John Swales & Christine Feak. Academic Writing for Graduate Students, 3rd Edition: Essential Tasks and Skills. (2012)
Felicitas Macgilchrist. Academic Writing. (2014)
Tim Skern. Writing Scientific English: A Workbook. (2009)
Resources for self study
Researchers have been examining the way people choose where to sit in a library.

a) In the room, the other people often determine the choice of seat.

b)The choice of seat is often determined by the other people in the room.
given/new example
Academic Writing in English:
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