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The introduction in abstract writing of term papers: rhetorical moves and linguistic realizations


Chuah, Ek Lon and Tan, Helen and Swee, Heng Chan and Abdullah, Ain Nadzimah (2012) The introduction in abstract writing of term papers: rhetorical moves and linguistic realizations. In: Malaysian International Conference On Academic Strategies in English Language Teaching (My_CASELT 2012), 27-28 Nov. 2012, Shah Alam, Selangor. (pp. 160-175).


In past investigations on research articles, there have been various focuses – acknowledgement, abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion, and conclusion (for example, Swales,1990; Giannoni, 2002; Hwa Lim, 2006; Williams ,1999; Peacock, 2002; Hirano, 2009; Pho, 2008 and Samraj, 2005) These investigations have focused on published materials in journals. This research aims to investigate rhetorical moves and linguistic realizations in the introduction of 100 abstracts found in students’ scientific term papers. They are written parallel to a research report which in effect reflects the essence of journal article writing. The rhetorical moves investigated are focused only on the introduction section of the abstract which plays a significant role in attracting reader’s attention and giving some background that will motivate him to read further. The analysis of the introduction in abstract writing uses an adaptation of Cava’s model (2007) of rhetorical moves and the linguistic realizations are analyzed following an adaptation of Hyland’s framework (2005). In identifying linguistic realizations, a concordance tool MP2.2 is used. Findings are presented to show the manifestations of moves in the introduction of abstract writing to identify the characteristic patterns with a discussion on the linguistic realizations that accompanied the moves. This study would provide pedagogical implications for the ESP classroom which has a focus on academic writing, with particular reference to research report writing that appears to be a necessary skill for tertiary students and beyond.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Academy of Language Studies, Universiti Teknologi MARA
Keywords: Metadiscourse; Rhetorical moves; Research articles; Abstracts
Depositing User: Erni Suraya Abdul Aziz
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2015 04:58
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2015 04:58
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/39377
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