Evaluation and promotion across languages

  • Shaw P
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Abstract

Many academics write both in their mother tongue and in English. Their rhetoric is influenced by the general national culture, the culture of their national scientific community, their perception of their audience, and, in English, by their language proficiency. This study examines rhetoric, and specifically evaluation, in three sets of published economics articles: one set in Danish, the second by the same authors in English, and a third by international authors from the same journals as the second. Despite the many similarities among all three, there are Danish norms in terms of use of the Gap move, use of personal pronouns, and other features, some of which the Danes carry over into their writing in English. However, the features carried over are within the norms of writing in English and are probably not perceptible to international readers: Danish writers in international journals merely tend to cluster at the less promotional end of the spectrum. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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  • Academic writing
  • Contrastive
  • Danish
  • Economics
  • Genre

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