Linguistic Features and Writer’s Stance in Investigation Reports

Priscilla Leung

in Professional Communication

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9789622099654
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207295 | DOI:
Linguistic Features and Writer’s Stance in Investigation Reports

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In writing a successful text, writers of professional discourses have to be able to describe, inform, convince, or instruct so that their communicative purposes can be fulfilled. During this ongoing shift toward a knowledge-based era, concern for communities has been on the increase as people have made efforts to become more aware of public administration and opinion expression. As the demand increases for independent investigation for various significant events, this phenomenon becomes more common particularly in Hong Kong. In addressing issues attributed with social impacts, written discourses or investigation reports have played no small part during the recent years since these offer facts, lessons, and recommendations. This chapter attempts to identify and address the various issues related to constructing successful texts and investigation reports.

Keywords: professional discourse; written discourse; community; social impact; investigation reports; lessons; facts; recommendations

Chapter.  5980 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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