Theresa Lillis
Open University
Publications 92
In this paper, I briefly track the emergence and foci of academic literacies as a field of inquiry, summarising its contributions to understandings about writing and meaning making in academia. Writing from my specific geohistorical location in the UK, I foreground the importance of early key works that encapsulated concerns about deficit orientations to students’ language and literacy practices (e.g. Ivanic, 1998; Lea and Street,1998). I also underline the transnational dimension to the develop...
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In the past three decades, a body of research on issues related to multilingual scholars writing for publication has emerged, paralleling the rise of pressures on scholars around the world to publish their work in high-status journals, especially those included in particular journal citation indexes; these indexes typically privilege the use of English. Researchers have investigated multilingual scholars’ experiences and perspectives, the social contexts of their work, policies on research publi...
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Within the profession of social work, the production and use of written texts is a high-stakes activity, playing a central role in all decisions around providing services for people, and at the same time used to evaluate social workers’ professional competence. Writing of all kinds pervades everyday social work practice, varying from case notes to inter-departmental emails to formal assessment reports. Despite the ‘writing-intensive’ nature of the profession (Lillis, Leedham & Twiner, in press),...
#1Theresa LillisH-Index: 20
#2Maria LeedhamH-Index: 5
Last.Alison TwinerH-Index: 12
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Social work writing, often referred to as ‘recording’ or ‘paperwork’, is frequently the target of criticism in reviews and public media reporting. However, despite the many criticisms made and its significance in social work practice, little empirical research has been carried out on professional social work writing. This paper draws on findings from an ESRC-funded study in the UK to offer a baseline characterization of the nature and function of writing in contemporary social work. Drawing on t...
The profession of social work has become increasingly ‘writing intensive’ in recent decades, yet little empirical research has been carried out on the nature of this writing. This paper describes and explores the 1 million word corpus compiled as part of the ESRC-funded study ‘Writing in professional social work practice in a changing communicative landscape’ (WiSP, outlining the challenges involved in collecting and anonymising hard-to-reach texts from social...
The relationship between gender and discourse has been a focus of theoretical and empirical attention in the fields of applied and sociolinguistics for some 30 years (for overviews see Cameron, 2006, 2007, 2010; Coates, 2004; Litosseliti & Sunderland, 2002; Talbot, 2010; Wodak, 1997), with debates continuing around the extent and specific ways in which language and discourse are gendered and how such gendering is enacted and sustained, often taking spoken language as the empirical object (Swann,...
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#1Theresa Lillis (OU: Open University)H-Index: 20
#2Mary Jane Curry (UR: University of Rochester)H-Index: 11
This paper explores the significance of gender in research and academic writing for publication. It reports on a gender-focused, interview-based study with 10 multilingual women scholars, set within a longitudinal research project in which they have participated for between 11 and 14 years. The scholars work in two disciplinary fields, education and psychology, and come from four national contexts: Hungary, Slovakia, Spain and Portugal. The paper argues that gender remains an ‘occluded’ (after S...
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#1Maria LeedhamH-Index: 5
#2Theresa LillisH-Index: 20
Last.Alison TwinerH-Index: 12
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#1Theresa Lillis (OU: Open University)H-Index: 20