JBA Afful: "Rhetorical Analysis of Grant Recommendation Letters"
- Date: –17:00
- Location: Engelska parken - Eng6-0031
- Organiser: Department of Literature, Section for Rhetoric, and Department of English
- Contact person: Erik Bengtson, Mats Rosengren
JBA Afful, University of Cape Coast, Ghana: "Rhetorical Analysis of Grant Recommendation Letters written by Faculty in a Ghanaian University"
Given the increasing cost of postgraduate education worldwide in recent times, the genre system of application for grants has begun to receive serious attention from researchers in Applied Linguistics, Discourse Studies, and Higher Education. An under-researched genre in this system is the grant recommendation letter (GRL) or ‘letter of support’ written by faculty to enable applicants to win grants for their research. The aim of the study was to investigate the generic structure and persuasive features of a small corpus of twenty GRLs written by senior Ghanaian academics from the Humanities and Sciences. The analysis showed that most writers deployed a seven-move pattern. The next key finding concerned the use of evaluative lexis, personal pronouns, and disciplinary lexis as distinctive rhetorical features. The last finding was the apparent disciplinary variation in respect of some aspects of the generic structure and rhetorical features. These findings have implications for the scholarship on disciplinary rhetoric, genre studies as well as the need for staff development for faculty in universities.