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Aspects of Article Introductions

by Swales John M.

Aspects of Article Introductions has bee reissued to make it more easily available than it has ever been, particularly for the use of university libraries and for younger and newer practitioners and researchers in the rapidly expanding and increasingly global field of EAP. The originalAspects of Article Introductionsappeared in fall 1981 as a ring-bound 90-page monograph. The "publisher" was the Language Studies Unit at the University of Aston in Birmingham. Although essentially an "underground" work, it has remained a relevant part of the short intellectual history of English for Academic Purposes, particularly as genre-based or genre-driven approaches to EAP research and pedagogical practice have become more popular. Its longevity is also a testament to the genre analysis work of John Swales, but in addition, the research article has become the most influential genre in most areas of scholarship, and introductions are at leastsupposedto be read first and to be designed in such a way as to attract as large readership as possible. "If I were asked to list the most influential texts in applied linguistics over the last 30 years, John Swales'Aspects of Article Introductionswould be in the top three or four. This was a seminal work which not only presented a novel way of analysing texts and a commentary on academic discourse, but one which helped to establish a foundation for the massive interest we see today in describing the structure and features of academic articles. This is not just a text which offers us a glimpse of an intellectual history, but it remains full of fascinating insights and observations about texts and the workings of academic discourse. While the ideas may have evolved and the genre it describes moved on, both the style of writing and the methodology it describes are as fresh and as revealing as anything written on the topic since. " ---Ken Hyland, Hong Kong University

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