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Elaborativeness in academic writing. A study of three research papers

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posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by Zosia Golebiowski
This paper investigates the employment of elaborative rhetorical strategies in three
research papers written in English and published in international sociological
journals: the first authored by native speakers of English, the second by a Polish
writer working in an Anglophone discourse community, and the third by a Polish
writer from the Polish discourse community. Elaboration relations are discussed
with respect to their textual function, frequency of employment, hierarchical
location and recursiveness, and discoursal prominence. I explore how the authors
elaborate their texts through amplification, extension, explanation, instantiation,
reformulation and addition strategies. The analysis reveals that Elaboration is a
prominent feature of the examined texts. It is proposed that the similarities in
the employment of Elaborations across the corpus result from the shared stylistic
conventions and traditions of the disciplinary research community of sociology
while variations in the mode of employment of elaborative structures may be
caused by the writers’ differing linguistic backgrounds and discourse community
memberships.

History

Title of book

Wrestling with words and meanings : essays in honour of Keith Allan

Chapter number

12

Pagination

236 - 261

Publisher

Monash University Publishing

Place of publication

Melbourne, Vic.

ISBN-13

9781922235312

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter; B Book chapter

Extent

18

Editor/Contributor(s)

K Burridge, R Benczes

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