This 8-session module takes the participants' own research writing and that of established scholars in their fields as a starting point to explore the interface between form (grammar/syntax), style/rhetoric and argumentative structure.
The overall aim of this course is to expand your expressive range and enhance scholarly "voice" and effectiveness.
Topics will include (according to participants’ needs and interests):
- information flow and how to modulate it by using conventional and ‘marked’ (emphatic) sentence structures
- active vs. passive voice (reasons for using or not)
- I/we as part of a scholar’s ‘rhetorical toolkit’
- language resources for signalling factivity/non-factivity
- modulating authorial stance through ‘hedging’ and ‘boosting’
- typical tense use in different parts of the research paper
- other topic(s) indicated as relevant by participants in the pre-course task that will be sent to all participants