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1. What are the Constraints in Scientific Writing? 2. Nouns and Pronouns 3. Using Verbs - the Rules for Tenses 4. Shaping Sentences and Paragraphs 5. Being Concise 6. Making Connections - Connectives 7. Understanding Genre Analysis - Introductions 8. Review of the Literature 9. Methods 10. Results 11. Discussion Sections 12. Conference Texts 13. Abstracts 14. Writing Professional Letters

About the Author

Beverly A. Lewin has extensive experience in teaching scientific writing to Ph.D. students from non - English speaking backgrounds. Since 1980, she has taught students in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology, with the majority in the social sciences. Her own research focuses on scientific discourse, especially genre analysis and managing interpersonal relations in texts (hedging and politeness). Her research on genre analysis is presented in Expository Discourse: A Genre-Based Approach to Social Science Texts (coauthored with Jonathan Fine and Lynne Young, Continuum, 2001) and From Hedging to Heightening: Toning Down and Up in Scientific Texts (Melbourne Papers in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, 2001).


A welcome addition to the array of academically inclined instructional manuals on how to create reader-friendly scientific texts. The author is an expert in the field of teaching scientific writing in the discipline of the Social Sciences and offers a compact volume with plenty of useful advice to students and guidance to tutors of scientific writing.The most attractive feature of the book is its balanced mix of explanations, theory and task-based approach with a strong emphasis on skills building through activities, which are all based on authentic materials showcasing some similarities but also many differences between disciplines under the Social Sciences umbrella.
Linguist List This book represents a useful addition to the pedagogical literature for teachers who instruct novice social scientists in professional writing. It could easily succeed as the main course text for an advanced undergraduate or graduate level research writing course for students in any of the social sciences.
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