For example, broadcast news agencies may allow split infinitives, even though literary critics may not tolerate them.
Academic writing, or scholarly writing is a prose register that is conventionally characterized by "evidence..the writer(s) have been persistent, open-minded, and disciplined in study"; that prioritizes "reason over emotion or sensual perception"; and that imagines a reader who is "coolly rational, reading for information, and intending to formulate a reasoned response." The particular stylistic means of achieving these conventions can differ considerably by academic discipline, however; these differences help explain the distinctive sounds of, for example, writing in history versus engineering or physics versus philosophy.
A discourse community is essentially a group of people that shares mutual interests and beliefs.
The following is a guide to successful writing both in the English department and other departments at Calvin University.
The first portion of the document describes the characteristics of good writing while the second portion addresses moving from the fundamentals of writing to writing for specific academic disiciplines. Most academics will probably agree on the fundamental qualities of good writing.
Writers (often unwittingly) make use of what has previously been written and thus some degree of borrowing is inevitable.
One of the most salient features of academic writing irrespective of discipline is its unusually explicit conventions for marking intertextuality through citation and bibliography.
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Intertextuality plays into this because without it there would be no conversations, just hundreds of thousands of writings not connected or able to build on each other.
The listening until you can join the conversation can be seen as doing research.