A cross-disciplinary analysis of rhetorical structure of dissertation abstracts

Arizavi, Saleh, Shokouhi, Hossein and Mousavi, Sayyed Ahmad 2013, A cross-disciplinary analysis of rhetorical structure of dissertation abstracts, Iranian EFL Journal, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 381-400.

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Title A cross-disciplinary analysis of rhetorical structure of dissertation abstracts
Author(s) Arizavi, Saleh
Shokouhi, HosseinORCID iD for Shokouhi, Hossein orcid.org/0000-0003-3266-869X
Mousavi, Sayyed Ahmad
Journal name Iranian EFL Journal
Volume number 9
Issue number 5
Start page 381
End page 400
Total pages 20
Publisher Time Taylor International Ltd.
Place of publication Cebu, Philippines
Publication date 2013-10
ISSN 1836-8743
Keyword(s) rhetorical structure
dissertation abstracts
CARS model
IMRC/D model
Summary The teaching rhetorical structure of various academic genres has been recognized as a practical, pedagogical tool in both ESL and EFL academic settings. However, assigning a unitary structure for different fields of study might poses problems for novice writers. In this study, the rhetorical structure of 120 abstracts (ninety ‘masters’ theses and thirty ‘doctoral’ dissertations) from six disciplines were investigated. In this exploratory study, four rhetorical structures were found: IMRC/D, CARS, Mixed, and None (which means the texts lack any rhetorical structure). The conclusion is that nonnative speakers require more than grammatical knowledge at the clause level. They need to be familiarized with the discourse grammar with the functional tokens attached to it in order to be successful in their academic writing.
Language eng
Field of Research 200403 Discourse and Pragmatics
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, Time Taylor International
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061754

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