Families of genres of assessed writing

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    Hyland’s definition of genres as ‘abstract, socially recognised ways of using language’ is general enough to be widely acceptable, but as such it masks significant differences in how genres are more specifically defined and operationalised in research and teaching contexts. This chapter explains what we mean by academic genres, and how we classify genres of assessed student writing into groups of similar genres, called genre families.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationGenres across the Disciplines: Student Writing in Higher Education
    EditorsH. Nesi, S. Gardner
    Place of PublicationCambridge
    PublisherCambridge University Press
    ISBN (Print)9780521149594
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


    • student writing
    • higher education
    • BAWE corpus
    • linguistics


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