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    • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Lang. Lit. Linguist.
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    • DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL
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IJLLL 2022 Vol.8(4): 264-268 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2022.8.4.360

An Interdisciplinary Study of Different Pragmatic “We” in Academic Discourse: A Case Study of Linguistics and Economics

Zhou Yaru and Zhang Yi

Abstract—Based on Systematic Functional Grammar and Hyland’s pragmatic classification of “we”, with the help of AntConc and Log-likelihood and Chi-square Calculator 1.0, the present study combines qualitative and quantitative research designs to compare and analyze the similarities and differences of different pragmatic functions of “we” in Linguistic and Economic academic discourse. The result shows that there are significant differences in the use of “we” between the academic discourse of the two disciplines (P < 0.001). In addition to the most frequently used pragmatic function of “we,” the other four functions are more frequently used in the academic discourse of Linguistics. The study suggests that this result may be affected by the stylistic characteristics of the discipline, and hopes to provide some enlightenment for the understanding and writing of academic discourse in Linguistics and Economics.

Index Terms—Personal pronoun we, linguistics academic discourse, economics academic discourse, pragmatic function.

Zhou Yaru and Zhang Yi are with the School of Foreign Studies, Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU), Xi'an, CO 710129 China (email: 2021204284@mail.nwpu.edu.cn, yizhang@nwpu.edu.cn).

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Cite:Zhou Yaru and Zhang Yi, "An Interdisciplinary Study of Different Pragmatic “We” in Academic Discourse: A Case Study of Linguistics and Economics," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 264-268, 2022.

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