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Professor Vijay Kumar Bhatia

Education: PhD in Applied Linguistics

Affiliation: City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Retired Professor)


Department of English

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Phone: +752-


Mobile: +852-9789-8944




Professor Vijay Kumar Bhatia is the President of Asia-Pacific LSP and Professional Communication Association--an association of researchers and practitioners specializing in languages for specific purposes and professional communication. As a Professor of Applied Linguistics, Vijay has taught in the Department of English at the City University of Hong Kong. He was also an Adjunct Professor at the Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, and at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. Before joining the City University in 1993, he worked at the National University of Singapore (1983-1993). He was also VELUX Visiting Professor, Aarhus Business School, Denmark. His research interests include applied genre analysis of academic and professional discourse, including, legal, business, newspaper, advertising and other promotional genres; ESP and Professional Communication (Theory and Practice); simplification of legal and other public documents; cross-cultural and disciplinary variation in professional discourses. Some of his recent research projects include Analyzing Genre-bending in Corporate Disclosure Documents, and International Arbitration Practice: A Discourse Analytical Study, in which he led research teams from more than 20 countries.

His book Analysing Genre: Language Use in Professional Settings (Longman) is widely used by researchers in discourse and genre theory, and ESP practice. In his more recent book Worlds of Written Discourse: A Genre-based View (2004), he further developed genre theory to propose a multidimensional and multi-perspective model for analyzing written professional discourse, extending substantially the notion of pure genre to incorporate new configurations such as genre colonies, genre mixing, genre-embedding, and genre-bending. His third monograph on genre theory, entitled Critical Genre Analysis: Investigating Interdiscursive Performance in Professional Communication is being published by Routledge in 2016.

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