1 Department of Language and Business Communication, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 English teaching group, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 unknown
Functionally the letter of submission accompanying an article submitted to a journal is promotional, but it does not have the form one would expect from e.g. Bhatia 1993. Instead it is extremely brief and uninformative. This reflects the so-called Utilitarian Discourse which is a shared feature of American culture and the subculture of science. Research published elsewhere (Okamura and Shaw 1999, ESPJ) shows that neither native speakers of English nor non-natives who were not practising scientists could produce the appropriate genre, while NNS scientists produced texts which only deviated slightly from those of NSE.
I E E E Transactions on Professional Communication, 1998, Vol 41, Issue 4, p. 277-279