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Style in Research Writing

  • Are you looking for that sweet spot between style and clarity that will enhance your scholarly "voice"?
  • Do you want to explore the interface between form and argument?
  • Do you ever read your favourite academic author and think 'That's how I want to write'?
  • Do you want to expand your expressive range and effectiveness?

If so, you might find some of the answers in the course Style in Research Writing.

 Course description


English 602

Style in research writing

2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th year researchers; fellows

Time & Place

15 Oct - 3 Dec

12 hours 

  • Tuesday 9.00-10.30

Convento, Vygotsky


Course description

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 

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