Academic Writing and Plagiarism: A Linguistic Analysis by Diane Pecorari

By Diane Pecorari

Plagiarism has lengthy been appeared with obstacle by means of the collage group as a major act of wrongdoing threatening center educational values. there was a perceived bring up in plagiarism over contemporary years, due partly to matters raised via the recent media, a various scholar inhabitants and the increase in English as a lingua franca. This ebook examines plagiarism, the irrelevant dating among a textual content and its resources, from a linguistic standpoint. Diane Pecorari appears to be like at strategies of first and moment language writers; interaction among examining and writing; writer's identification and voice; and the expectancies of the tutorial discourse neighborhood. utilizing empirical info drawn from a wide pattern of pupil writing, in comparison opposed to written assets, educational Writing and Plagiarism argues that a few plagiarism, during this linguistic context, will be considered as a failure of pedagogy instead of a planned try to transgress. The e-book examines the consequences of this hole among the institutions' expectancies of the scholars, pupil functionality and institutional information, and indicates pedagogic recommendations to be carried out at pupil, train and institutional levels.

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31; italics original). For some, the evidence of textual plagiarism suggested a clear conclusion: ‘unfortunately, there cannot be the slightest doubt that in his student days King became a confirmed plagiarist’ (Higham, 1991, p. 106). Even those who believed that the textual plagiarism was evidence merely of clay feet, with King’s accomplishments outshadowing 30 Academic Writing and Plagiarism his flaws, still maintained that his source use represented a serious ethical breech: ‘nothing can be gained by attempting to minimize or understate either the amount of King’s plagiarism or the seriousness of the academic wrongdoing that it represented’ (Garrow, 1991, p.

An official in the campaign was quoted as saying ‘to the degree it wasn’t attributed, it was an oversight or inadvertent. . The Kinnock message . . struck him as consistent with his political message his whole political career’ (Dowd, 1987). The considerable public attention which the case attracted illustrates some of the complexities of determining when plagiarism has happened and how seriously it should be regarded. A variety of contextual factors were brought up in such a way as to suggest they were either mitigating or aggravating circumstances.

This interpretation situates King’s student writing, not in the university, but in the discourse community in which he spent most of his life: the African American church. King was the son and grandson of ministers, and after receiving his doctorate in divinity, assumed the position of co-pastor with his father of an Alabama church. Nor was his political activity a departure from his role as pastor: King’s opposition to racism was grounded in his belief that it was deeply repugnant to God. As a minister, he felt called to oppose racism.

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