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Professional academic writing by multilingual scholars: interactions with literacy brokers in the production of English-medium texts

Lillis, Theresa and Curry, Mary Jane (2006). Professional academic writing by multilingual scholars: interactions with literacy brokers in the production of English-medium texts. Written Communication, 23(1) pp. 3–35.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0741088305283754
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Abstract

Scholars around the world are under increasing pressure to publish their research in the medium of English. However, little empirical research has explored how the global premium of English influences the academic text production of scholars working outside of English-speaking countries. This article draws on a longitudinal text-oriented ethnographic study of psychology scholars in Hungary, Slovakia, Spain and Portugal to follow the trajectories of texts from local research and writing contexts to English-medium publications. Our findings indicate that a significant number of mediators, ‘literacy brokers’, who are involved in the production of such texts, influence the texts in different and important ways. We illustrate in broad terms the nature and extent of literacy brokering in English-medium publications and characterize and exemplify brokers’ different orientations. We explore what kind of brokering is evident in the production of a specific group of English-medium publications- articles written and published in English medium inyternational journals-by focising on three text histories. We conclude by discussing what a focus on brokering can tell us can tell us about practices surrounding academic knowledge production.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2006 Sage Publications
ISSN: 1552-8472
Keywords: scholarly publishing; multilingual scholar; professional academic writing;
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 6383
Depositing User: Theresa Lillis
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2014 11:28
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/6383
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