Language, Knowledge and Pedagogy ed. Frances Christie and J.R. Martin, 2007
The title was irresistible! I got it from Amazon in pursuance of work which Urszula Clark had told me about in answer to my comment: “Surely other people have done my analysis of academic texts and come up with abstract language.”
Indeed they have! In this collection is an article by J.R. Martin: Construing knowledge: a functional linguistic perspective. The abstract words which are produced by nominalisation and metaphor are described by Martin as the product of “grammatical metaphor” and “literal metaphor”.
This gives strong academic backing to my own work, though it is done from a totally different perspective. I can feel the necessity of another article coming on!