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Title: Bridging boundaries across genre traditions : a systemic functional account of generic patterns in biodata
Authors: Mwinlaaru, INI 
Keywords: Academic writing
Collocational frameworks
Lexical bundles
Rhetorical relations
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: John Benjamins
Source: Functions of language, 2017, v. 24, no. 3, p. 259-293 How to cite?
Journal: Functions of language 
Abstract: This study explores the benefits of a synergy between ESP research on genre and theoretical dimensions of systemic functional linguistics (SFL). It models genre on SFL dimensions and employs this model to analyse 200 biodata written by Applied Linguistics scholars, 100 each from research articles and seminar posters. Data were analysed from contextual, logico-semantic and lexicogrammatical perspectives. The findings reveal five generic stages in biodata. The frequency distribution of these stages and the phases that realise them shows variation between research article bios and seminar bios. The most frequent logico-semantic (or rhetorical) relations identified among stages and phases are the expansion type, namely; addition and elaboration, Further, collocational frameworks are used in organising some generic phases into waves of meaning and in construing different identities. Finally, evaluative resources, in the form of lexical bundles, modification and circumstantial elements in the clause, are employed by writers to boost their professional achievements and promote themselves. These findings contribute to theoretical discussions on genre and the scholarship on the interface between identity construction and academic writing, and also motivate further research.
ISSN: 0929-998X
Rights: Posted with permission of the publisher.
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