Abstracts in Academic Discourse: Variation and Change by Marina Bondi, Rosa Lorés Sanz

By Marina Bondi, Rosa Lorés Sanz

The e-book brings jointly a wealthy number of views on abstracts as a tutorial style. Drawing on style research and corpus linguistics, the reports accumulated right here mix cognizance to accepted constitution with emphasis on language version and alter, therefore supplying a multi-perspective view on a style that's changing into the most very important in present-day examine verbal exchange. The chapters are geared up into 3 sections, each providing designated yet occasionally mixed views at the exploration of this educational style. the 1st part appears to be like at version throughout cultures via reviews evaluating English with Spanish, Italian and German, whereas additionally together with issues on edition throughout genders or the native/non-native divide. the second one part centres on edition throughout disciplines and contains a wide selection of experiences exploring disciplinary identities and groups, in addition to diversified levels of centrality within the disciplinary neighborhood. The 3rd and ultimate part explores language and style swap via how authorial voice and metadiscourse have replaced during the last few many years lower than the effect of other media and diversified stakeholders.

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3. Abstracts from a linguistic perspective The quality of abstracts is still subject to critical comments by professionals and documentation experts. This is mainly due to their linguistic, content or intercultural insufficiencies. Table 1 provides a brief overview of relevant recent linguistic work done on the features of abstracts. Feature(s) Disciplines/ Structure Cross-linguistic and Intercultural Aspects Authors Baßler (2003) – sociology; Busch-Lauer (2001) – medicine, linguistics; A. Oldenburg (1991; 1995) – mechanical engineering, education; Lorés Sanz (2008; 2009) – linguistics; Melander et al.

Moreover, there are differences in the style of abstracts written by native speaker English authors and ELF speakers. 2. 1. Disciplinary aspects Contrastive linguistic studies from the 1990s have revealed that there are similarities and differences between abstracts of the various scientific disciplines. These include the length of abstracts, their type, structure and style. The following section examines some of these differences by reviewing research and referring to samples. 1. Length of abstracts One obvious difference between abstracts of various disciplines is their length.

The abstract is very impersonal in style, no author voice is applied, but some metadiscoursal elements are given: The paper discusses, By [sic]) comparing […] it can be shown; From such an empirical perspective. The conclusion is fairly vague and hedged (seems to be a rather complex and flexible activity…). ) and its long-winded by-construction. In the intent to be short, the author presses as much information into one sentence as possible. However, such process may hamper readability and may also be a reason why a reader abstains from reading the full text.

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