Prominent messages in education and applied linguistic abstracts : how do authors appeal to their prospective readers?

Golebiowski, Zosia 2009, Prominent messages in education and applied linguistic abstracts : how do authors appeal to their prospective readers?, Journal of pragmatics, vol. 41, no. 4, pp. 753-769.

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Title Prominent messages in education and applied linguistic abstracts : how do authors appeal to their prospective readers?
Author(s) Golebiowski, Zosia
Journal name Journal of pragmatics
Volume number 41
Issue number 4
Start page 753
End page 769
Total pages 16
Publisher Elsevier BV
Place of publication Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Publication date 2009-04
ISSN 0378-2166
Keyword(s) abstract
interdisciplinary variation
coherence relations
applied linguistics
education
Summary This study investigates the rhetorical structure of abstracts of papers published in Applied Linguistics and Education. It examines how abstract authors in these two fields emphasise the significance of their research, and how they appeal to their prospective readership. Although abstracts in both disciplinary groups are found to display a coordinate textual development they exhibit a utilization of different relational schemata to indicate the functional prominence of textual propositions. In particular, different relational patterns are seen to be employed to fulfil the two primary objectives of an abstract: to provide a synopsis of the accompanying article, and to promote it to relevant research and professional communities. The way authors demonstrate the value of their research and their professional credibility appears to be conditioned by disciplinary writing conventions. It is proposed that relational choices, which result in differences in the accentuation of communicative messages in Applied Linguistics and Education abstracts, depend on the perceived relationship between the author and the discourse community in terms of expectations of prior knowledge.
Language eng
Field of Research 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier B.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016565

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