Elaborativeness in academic writing. A study of three research papers

Golebiowski, Zofia 2014, Elaborativeness in academic writing. A study of three research papers. In Burridge, Kate and Benczes, Reka (ed), Wrestling with words and meanings : essays in honour of Keith Allan, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne, Vic., pp.236-261.

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Title Elaborativeness in academic writing. A study of three research papers
Author(s) Golebiowski, Zofia
Title of book Wrestling with words and meanings : essays in honour of Keith Allan
Editor(s) Burridge, Kate
Benczes, Reka
Publication date 2014
Chapter number 12
Total chapters 18
Start page 236
End page 261
Total pages 26
Publisher Monash University Publishing
Place of Publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary This paper investigates the employment of elaborative rhetorical strategies in threeresearch papers written in English and published in international sociologicaljournals: the first authored by native speakers of English, the second by a Polishwriter working in an Anglophone discourse community, and the third by a Polishwriter from the Polish discourse community. Elaboration relations are discussedwith respect to their textual function, frequency of employment, hierarchicallocation and recursiveness, and discoursal prominence. I explore how the authorselaborate their texts through amplification, extension, explanation, instantiation,reformulation and addition strategies. The analysis reveals that Elaboration is aprominent feature of the examined texts. It is proposed that the similarities inthe employment of Elaborations across the corpus result from the shared stylisticconventions and traditions of the disciplinary research community of sociologywhile variations in the mode of employment of elaborative structures may becaused by the writers’ differing linguistic backgrounds and discourse communitymemberships.
ISBN 9781922235312
Language eng
Field of Research 200403 Discourse and Pragmatics
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069925

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