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Abstracts in Academic Discourse: Variation and Change by Marina Bondi, Rosa Lorés Sanz

By Marina Bondi, Rosa Lorés Sanz

The publication brings jointly a wealthy number of views on abstracts as an educational style. Drawing on style research and corpus linguistics, the stories accumulated right here mix realization to well-known constitution with emphasis on language edition and alter, therefore providing a multi-perspective view on a style that's turning into some of the most vital in present-day learn verbal exchange. The chapters are geared up into 3 sections, every one supplying targeted yet occasionally mixed views at the exploration of this educational style. the 1st part seems at edition throughout cultures via reviews evaluating English with Spanish, Italian and German, whereas additionally together with concerns on edition throughout genders or the native/non-native divide. the second one part centres on edition throughout disciplines and incorporates a wide selection of reports exploring disciplinary identities and groups, in addition to assorted levels of centrality within the disciplinary group. The 3rd and ultimate part explores language and style swap via how authorial voice and metadiscourse have replaced during the last few many years less than the effect of other media and diversified stakeholders.

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The value of seem is to trigger some cognitive effects in the reader/hearer. The reader may infer a number of possible meanings activated by seem, the most likely being that concerning lack of certainty and/or commitment towards P from the array of observational or inferential contextual evidence the writers have to confidently assert P. As Aijmer (2009: 76) puts forward: “seem to has developed into a general hedging device by means of which the speaker can express some reservations or doubts about the truth of the assertion”.

Spanish texts do not contain a larger repertoire of modal verbs conveying epistemic and evidential meaning, and so the use of lexical matrices is preferred to show authorial stance towards p. Concerning register, there is a great deal of variation regarding disciplinary practices for authors to show their stance towards their texts. In the case of computing articles, there is a preference to use epistemic nouns and evidential verbs in both the English and the Spanish subcorpora. Evidential verbs are also the preferred forms in the legal register followed by purely epistemic verbs.

This points to the relevance of the genre and the information overload on it. 44 Ines-A. Busch-Lauer ing abstract writer more, rather than give clarity and guidance. 5 First the various categories of abstracts will be described. Then I will focus on disciplinary, crosslinguistic and intercultural aspects. Text composition (length and structure) and language features will be illustrated by examples. The studied corpus included material of previous work (BuschLauer 2007; 2012), 30 English abstracts (10 linguistic, 10 medical and 10 from nanotechnology; 50% by native speakers and 50% by English Lingua Franca (ELF) speakers).

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