'Standing on the Shoulders of Giants': Recontextualization in Writing from Sources

Title'Standing on the Shoulders of Giants': Recontextualization in Writing from Sources
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsLi, Y
JournalScience & Engineering Ethics
Date Published2015
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number13533452
KeywordsBIBLIOGRAPHICAL , BIOCHEMISTRY , CONTENT , English , Expert , Note-taking , plagiarism , Recontextualization , teaching , writing
AbstractDespite calls for more research into the writing expertise of senior scientists, the literature reveals surprisingly little about the writing strategies of successful scientist writers. The present paper addresses the gap in the literature by reporting a study that investigated the note-taking strategies of an expert writer, a Chinese professor of biochemistry. Primarily based on interview data, the paper describes the expert's recontextualization (Linell, Text 18:143-157, ) strategies at three levels: 'accumulating writing materials' by modifying source texts, composing from 'collections' of cut-and-pasted chunks in drafting a review article, and adopting reusable citations in sources as a 'map'. It is emphasized that through repeatedly revising his paper in light of his rhetorical intentions in a new context of meaning, the expert writer would maximally recontextualize the source-based text segments and citations in the paper, averting transgressive intertextuality (Chandrasoma et al., J Lang Identity Educ 3:171-193, ) as a result. The paper ends by highlighting the pedagogical implications of the study for English for Professional Academic Purposes (EPAP). 
NotesLi, Yongyan 1; Email Address: yongyan@hku.hk; Affiliation: 1: Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road Hong Kong China; Source Info: Oct2015, Vol. 21 Issue 5, p1297; Subject Term: WRITING processes; Subject Term: ENGLISH language -- Study & teaching -- Foreign speakers; Subject Term: BIOCHEMISTRY -- Study & teaching; Subject Term: BIBLIOGRAPHICAL citations; Subject Term: TEACHING; Subject Term: CONTENT analysis (Communication); Author-Supplied Keyword: English as an additional language (EAL) authors; Author-Supplied Keyword: Expert scientist writers; Author-Supplied Keyword: Note-taking strategies; Author-Supplied Keyword: Plagiarism in scientific publishing; Author-Supplied Keyword: Recontextualization in writing from sources; NAICS/Industry Codes: 611630 Language Schools; Number of Pages: 18p; Document Type: Article