Rhetorical Structures of Research Article Abstracts: a Preliminary Proposal of the Auto-featural Model

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Park, JaiHyoung
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Seoul National University Department of English Language and Literature
SNU Working Papers in English Language and Linguistics 7, 77-106
CARS modelIMRD modelrhetorical structureresearch article(RA) abstractgenre analysismovestep
Writing an abstract of a research article in English is a must among the current academic communities. Unfortunately, for the non-native speakers of English, structuring their abstract is not an easy task. In a number of textbooks on abstract writing, it has been traditionally recommended to write an abstract as a miniature of the full research paper. Recent empirical findings, however, suggest that more than mere summarizing takes place. This paper proposes a new analytic scheme for various rhetorical structures of abstracts in research articles. The proposed model comprises earlier models such as IMRD and CARS(Swqles 1990,2004), and allows a descriptively precise analysis, by which we could explore some possible features rather difficult to be explained in the previous research. The proposed model, however, is a preliminary version. Thus, this model has to ve refined through a further empirical research.
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College of Humanities (인문대학)English Language and Literature (영어영문학과)SNU working papers in English language and linguisticsSNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.07 (2008)
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