The capacity to communicate through written language is a defining feature of the human species.
The history of writing reveals a productive tension between processes of increased standardisation versus the creativity that is a feature of human communication.
As one important variant of written communication ‘academic writing’ has characteristics that are shared by nearly all forms of writing but also characteristics that are defining features of the form.
It is argued that ‘the ear of the writer’ is a metaphor that can be applied by a wide range of writers, from novices to professional writers, who seek to improve their writing.
Professor Dominic Wyse presents this inaugural talk in the newly launched Academic Writing Seminar Series. The talk will explore a multidisciplinary perspective on academic writing.