Occupying Niches: Interculturality, Cross-culturality and Aculturality in Academic Research
This book presents a collection of thematically focused articles addressing culture-specific features of academic communication, with a particular focus on communication conducted in English as an Additional Language and directed at multicultural audiences. It comprises papers arranged in four sections: Expert writers, Novice writers and readers, Conference participants, and Non-research academic genres. The book explicitly addresses and is centred upon the concept of a research niche understood as a space to be captured and populated, as a temporary location to move or grow out of in the course of individual professional development from novice to expert, and as a space to consciously reach beyond, delimited by one’s linguistic, cultural, educational, and geopolitical background. Here the niche is approached as a frame of reference for discussion of what is culture-bound, culture-sensitive, and culture-free in the academic community and its practices.
Uniquely focuses on the concept of the research niche, on which no relevant studies having been undertaken so farContributes data from a wide range of academic genres and offers essential information on the ways in which these various genres interact in broader academic contextsProvides data from a variety of cultural and linguistic contexts and will be of interest to readers from various cultures Prepared by a team of internationally recognized authorsWill be of interest to both experienced and younger scholars who are beginning to present their research findings to international audiences The studies included in this volume represent a variety of methodologies and employ different research tools, thus demonstrating the effectiveness of these methods and instruments in academic discourse studies