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A cross-disciplinary analysis of thematic structure of dissertation abstracts

Arizavi, Saleh, Shokouhi, Hossein and Mousavi, Sayyed Ahmad 2013, A cross-disciplinary analysis of thematic structure of dissertation abstracts, Iranian EFL journal, vol. 9, no. 4, Article 7, pp. 94-112.

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Title A cross-disciplinary analysis of thematic structure of dissertation abstracts
Author(s) Arizavi, Saleh
Shokouhi, Hossein
Mousavi, Sayyed Ahmad
Journal name Iranian EFL journal
Volume number 9
Issue number 4
Season Article 7
Start page 94
End page 112
Total pages 19
Publisher Iranian EFL Journal
Place of publication Tehran, Iran
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 1836-8751
1836-8743
Keyword(s) thematic structure
thematic progression
dissertation abstracts
gap indication move
Summary The ways by which the academic texts are investigated differ from time to time with legacies of each tradition influencing the subsequent approaches. One of the approaches that has not lost its favor ever since it was established is the Australian Systemic Functional tradition. Based on the descriptions provided by this tradition, in this study, the thematic structure (Halliday, 1994) of the gap indication move and the Introduction section (Swales, 2004) of 120 dissertation abstracts from six disciplines was investigated at two levels, i.e. choice of theme type and thematic progression. The simple topical theme was recognized as the typical theme of the rhetorical units in focus across the six disciplines. With respect to the thematic progression, the theme-reiteration and zig-zag patterns were found to be the characteristic patterns. These results indicate that the language of abstracts is remarkably factual and far from abstraction.
Language eng
Field of Research 200303 English as a Second Language
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Iranian EFL Journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061509

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