Taking an Authorial Stance in Academic Writing
張佩青 助理教授 (臺灣師範大學英語學系)
Taking an assertive stance toward research being reviewed or reported is a challenging task for second or foreign language writers. This aspect of interpersonal meaning is especially difficult to address through direct instruction, as attention to particular grammatical and lexical choices outside of contexts of use is not enough to help students develop the prosodies. Effective prosodies create a texture that coherently presents an authorial perspective. To better assist novice research writers, it is urged that an explicit approach be adopted to heighten learner awareness with regard to mobilizing relevant linguistic resources precisely to create an authorial voice that effectively engages the readers. The talk will first introduce the theoretical aspect of the construct of authorial stance and then engage the audience for some exercises. The talk is geared more to those in the SOCIAL SCIENCE discipline, for whom interpretive caliber is much emphasized in writing.