Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics (HAAL)

2nd HAAL Research Forum

HK Polytechnic University

11 June 2007





Writing for scholarly publication in English in Hong Kong and China: Reflections on an ongoing research project


Prof. John Flowerdew


City University of Hong Kong


Drawing on insights developed over many years of researching how academics write for publication in English in Hong Kong and China, this paper offers some ideas on how the difficulties experienced by scholarly writers who use English as an additional language might be conceptualized. The paper will focus on plagiarism, the experiences of a manuscript editor, and Goffman¡¯s notion of ¡°stigma¡±.




JOHN FLOWERDEW is a Professor in the Department of English and Communication, City University of Hong Kong, where he has been for 16 years.  His research focuses on language in use, in particular in English as an additional language contexts, especially Hong Kong. As regards to topics, he has devoted particular attention to various facets of academic discourse and political discourse, the latter using a critical discourse analysis approach. John has authored or edited 11 books and special editions of journals, including Academic Listening: Research Perspectives (1994) Cambridge University Press; English for Academic Purposes: Research Perspectives (with M. Peacock) (2001) Cambridge University Press; and Academic Discourse (2002) Longman. His most recent book is Second Language Listening: Theory and Practice (with L. Miller) (2005) Cambridge University Press. In addition, he has published over 60 book chapters and internationally refereed journal articles. Journals he has published in include: Applied Linguistics, Discourse and Society, English Language Teaching Journal, English for Specific Purposes Journal, International Journal of Corpus Linguistics, Journal of Language and Politics, Journal of Pragmatics, Language in Society, Text and Talk, and TESOL Quarterly. John adopts a problem-based approach to research, adopting the most appropriate methods for solving the (linguistic) problems at issue. His work is thus rather eclectic. In addition to research and publication, John is active in editorial work, being co-editor of the Brief Reports and Summaries section of TESOL Quarterly and serving on the editorial board of a number of journals.


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