‘Integrity, argumentation and authorial voice across genres and discourse types’

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Opening Plenary: This paper presents an overview of genre families in assessed university student writing informed by data in the BAWE corpus, relates them to graduate attributes (through a focus on the social purposes of education in the UK), and explores the features of argumentation across disciplines.

Through examples, notably from recent MDA register analysis, I will argue that a focus on integrity, argumentation and authorial voice is less important in experimental discourse which tends to value factual explanation than in more discursive writing which tends to value individual argumentation, personal response and interpretation of evidence.
Period21 Nov 2021
Held atBALEAP, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • academic student writing
  • genre analysis
  • disciplinarity
  • experimental writing
  • discursive writing
  • BAWE corpus