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The Stylistics of Professional Discourse

Martin Solly


Why are doctors’ prescriptions illegible and why is the language of the law considered impenetrable to outsiders? Need they be so? Is it more difficult for non-native speakers of English than native speakers to access the discourse of professions such as law and medicine? These are some of the questions covered by this book, 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 demark membership. Thus the volume explores the relationship between linguistic competence and membershi ... More

Keywords: stylistics, professional discourse, communicative competence, language choice, identity construction, membership and gatekeeping, (non-)native speakers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780748691692
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Martin Solly, author
University of Turin