chapter  12
Writing with Attitude: Conveying a Stance in Academic Texts
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Students often see academic writing as an alien form of literacy designed to disguise the author and deal directly with facts. Style guides and textbooks commonly advise them to remove themselves from their texts and provide the grammatical means to do so. This advice, however, ignores the fact that effective academic writing always carries the individual’s point of view. In this paper I briefl y explore the most visible expressions of a writer’s presence in a text, the use of hedges and fi rst person pronouns, to show there is actually considerable scope for the negotiation of identity in academic writing.