Academic Writing and Plagiarism: A Linguistic Analysis by Diane Pecorari

By Diane Pecorari

Plagiarism has lengthy been appeared with challenge by means of the collage neighborhood as a significant act of wrongdoing threatening middle educational values. there was a perceived elevate in plagiarism over contemporary years, due partially to matters raised by means of the recent media, a various pupil inhabitants and the increase in English as a lingua franca. This publication examines plagiarism, the beside the point dating among a textual content and its resources, from a linguistic viewpoint. Diane Pecorari seems to be at methods of first and moment language writers; interaction among examining and writing; writer's id and voice; and the expectancies of the educational discourse neighborhood. utilizing empirical facts drawn from a wide pattern of pupil writing, in comparison opposed to written resources, educational Writing and Plagiarism argues that a few plagiarism, during this linguistic context, should be considered as a failure of pedagogy instead of a planned try to transgress. The ebook examines the results of this hole among the institutions' expectancies of the scholars, scholar functionality and institutional expertise, and indicates pedagogic recommendations to be carried out at pupil, train and institutional levels.

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I am mindful that only yesterday in Philadelphia, Missouri, young people seeking to secure the right to vote were brutalized and murdered. I am mindful that debilitating and grinding poverty afflicts my people and chains them to the lowest rung of the economic ladder. , Papers Project at Stanford University) 32 Academic Writing and Plagiarism The repetition extends to texts familiar to the listener, evoking shared knowledge about those texts. Thus in the Nobel Prize speech, King concludes a lengthy credo with references to scripture and to a song with its roots in gospel music and the spiritual: ‘and the lion and the lamb shall lie down together and every man shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid.

A20) and defended her (‘I see this as a writing error rather than some big ethics issue’, p. A19) (Leatherman, 1999). The university investigation took several years, with one body finding the professor guilty and another reaching the opposite conclusion, resulting in her firing, and then her reinstatement (Leatherman, 1999; Smallwood, 2002). Cases like these illustrate a difficulty for teachers, students, disciplinary bodies, and indeed anyone who needs or wants to know on what grounds a text can be labelled as plagiarism: a seemingly clear definition such as the one from the Concise Oxford Dictionary presented in Chapter 1, to ‘take (the work or an idea of someone else) and pass it off as one’s own’, proves unexpectedly difficult to apply.

Although the participants were students, most had had research articles either published or accepted for publication. They were thus playing an active role in their academic discourse communities, and one of their strategies for doing so was patchwriting. For these writers textual plagiarism was not a question of ‘needs must’; it was a strategy they saw both as acceptable and beneficial. Flowerdew and Li conclude that the writers were working to this rule: ‘as long as the “work” is their own, the language can be borrowed, to various extents and for various reasons, from one text into another’ (pp.

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