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The SARS Case Report as a Genre: How It Figures in Anti-SARS Social Practice

Hailong Tian

in Discourses of Cultural China in the Globalizing Age

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099128
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206847 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099128.003.0005
The SARS Case Report as a Genre: How It Figures in Anti-SARS Social Practice

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This chapter focuses on discourse as social practice in terms of analyzing SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) case reports. Such analysis highlights the indispensable role the case report has played in the governmental management of the SARS crisis. One way to explore discourse as social practice is to examine how it is realized in a generic structure. This approach mostly stems from the perspective of the Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). The SFL study of the interplay of metafunctions with generic structures provides much insight for genre analysis. The genre analysis of the SARS case report takes an essential step further to analyze the interplay between register and generic structure.

Keywords: SARS crisis; case report; governmental management; SFL; linguistics; genre analysis

Chapter.  8959 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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