The Rhetorical Structure and Verb Tense Employed in Research Article Abstracts in Two Different Disciplines - Volume 4 Number 2 (Jun. 2018) - IJLLL

IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(2): 132-136 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.2.162

The Rhetorical Structure and Verb Tense Employed in Research Article Abstracts in Two Different Disciplines

Wirada Amnuai
Abstract—A number of research studies have confirmed that writing English abstracts for research articles (RAs) is one of the difficulties for non-native or unskilled writers. To gain a clearer insight into their rhetorical structures, the present study analyses English RA abstracts in the two different disciplines (applied linguistic and information and communication technology) published in indexed journals. Sixty RA abstracts from each of the two corpora were analysed using Hyland’s (2000) framework. Verb tense used to realize the communicate purposes was closely examined. The results showed that all five moves were conventional in both datasets, but occurred in different degrees of frequency in some moves. The preferred tense was present simple tense. There was a disciplinary variation on rhetorical organizations and tense use of RA abstracts of these different fields. The results of the present study in terms of generic patterns and tense usage for each move should be used to facilitate writing RA abstracts. Also, the study has pedagogical implication for developing genre related materials for teaching EFL/ESL learners.

Index Terms—Abstract, move analysis, research articles, tense.

Wirada Amnuai is with Rajamangala university of Technology Isan (RMUTI), Thailand (e-mail: wamnuai@gmail.com).

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Cite:Wirada Amnuai, "The Rhetorical Structure and Verb Tense Employed in Research Article Abstracts in Two Different Disciplines," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 132-136, 2018.

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