Table of Contents

Ch. 1. Introduction.
Ch. 2. Approaches to genre. Genre and folklore studies. Genre and linguistic anthropology. Genre and the ethnography of speaking. Genre and conversation analysis. Genre and rhetoric. Genre and literary theory. Genre and the sociology of language. Genre and applied linguistics. Definitions of genre. Genre and the structure of a text. Genre and context. Genre and culture. Genre and cognition. Genre and social structures. Genre and audience. Genre and language.
Ch. 3. Genre and frames. Frame semantics. Interactional and cognitive frames. Frames and context. Frames and the notion of prototype. Frames and semantic memory. Frames and intertextuality. Frames and inheritance. Frames and genre.
Ch. 4. A Sample analysis: Writing up research. Selection of the texts. Examination of the texts. Generic structure potential. Semantic attributes. Lexico-grammatical patterns. Group structures. Logico-semantic relations. Technical taxonomies. Genre and language. This book presents a perspective on genre based on what it is that leads users of a language to recognise a communicative event as an instance of a particular genre. Key notions in this perspective are those of prototype, inheritance, and intertextuality; that is, the extent to which a text is typical of the particular genre, the qualities or properties that are inherited from other instances of the communicative event, and the ways in which a text is influenced by other texts of a similar kind. The texts which form the basis of this discussion are drawn from experimental research reporting in