Investigates the stylistics of communication in professional discourse communities
Why are doctors’ prescriptions illegible and why is the language of the law considered impenetrable to outsiders? Is it more difficult for non-native speakers of English than native speakers to access the discourse of professions such as the law and medicine? These are just some of the questions covered by this innovative study, which uses the lens of stylistics to shed light on how the discourse of professional communities is used not just to convey meanings, but also to construct identity and a sense of membership.
Chapter One: Language, style and stylistics
Chapter Two: Professional discourse communities
Chapter Three: Stylistics of healthcare discourse
Chapter Four: stylistics of legal discourse
Chapter Five: stylistics of educational discourse
Chapter Six: stylistics, globalization and the new technologies
Chapter Seven: stylistics, pedagogy and professional discourse
About the Author
Martin Solly elegantly demonstrates that stylistics can reveal how professional groups mark their distinctive identity, with doctors, lawyers and educators providing the model. He deftly draws out the stylistic techniques that can create a sense of shared community, and in the process provides a primer of approaches to analysing discourse.
Professor Michael Kelly, University of Southampton
Covering a wide range of topics, Solly’s volume effectively demonstrates the complexity of stylistic analysis and interpretation in texts... Overall, the book is a valuable source of linguistic research on stylistics, addressing both scholars in applied linguistics and the respectively reviewed disciplines as well as students of stylistics and professional discourse analysis.