How engineers write: an empirical study of engineering report writing

McKenna, Bernard (1997) How engineers write: an empirical study of engineering report writing. Applied Linguistics, 18 2: 189-211. doi:10.1093/applin/18.2.189

Author McKenna, Bernard
Title How engineers write: an empirical study of engineering report writing
Journal name Applied Linguistics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-450X
Publication date 1997-01-01
Year available 1997
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/applin/18.2.189
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 189
End page 211
Total pages 23
Place of publication OXFORD
Language eng
Subject 290000 Engineering and Technology
Abstract This study trials an analysis of engineering reports using a modified version of Gosden's (1993) analysis of the science research article. Using Hallidayan sociolinguistic concepts the analysis primarily shows how engineering writers linguistically convert real-world entities and processes into non-real-world concepts and also tracks authorial presence in the article. Concentrating primarily on the Mode aspect of Register, or how reality is constructed the research looks at the system of organizing theme: and information. More particularly, it classifies the Subject in unmarked theme sentences to reveal strategic manipulation of thematic choices between real-world and non-real-world. It is argued that the linguistic reconstrual into scientific concepts and data and then, reconversion into real-world phenomena is the essence of the engineering-report.
Keyword Linguistics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: UQ Business School Publications
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