Regulating the language of research writing: Disciplinary and institutional mechanisms

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Abstract

This paper concerns the regulation of second language research writing, particularly from the point of view of how English language writing is
managed and intervened in. We approach the topic through a case
study conducted at a computer science department in a large Nordic
university. Drawing on interviews with researchers and administrative
staff working in the setting, as well as document data, we explore (1)
what kinds of institutional, top-down mechanisms can be identified
which regulate English language research writing and (2) how regulation
is enacted in the form of interventions into research texts as part
of the writing practices of research groups. The analysis draws on the
Academic Literacies paradigm and the sociolinguistics of writing. We
analyse both the way in which research writing is affected by disciplinary
conventions and expectations and the way in which institutional
constraints and affordances impact writing. The findings show a lack of
top-down mechanisms regulating writing; disciplinary pressures
seemed to matter more to writers than institutional ones.
Original languageEnglish
JournalLanguage and Education
Volume32
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)494-510
Number of pages17
ISSN0950-0782
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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