Expressing an evaluative stance in English and Malay research article conclusions: International publications versus local publications

Loi , Chek Kim and Lim, Jason Miin Hwa and Sue Wharton , (2016) Expressing an evaluative stance in English and Malay research article conclusions: International publications versus local publications. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 21 . pp. 1-16. ISSN 0264-2425

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap...

Abstract

This paper constitutes a multidimensional explanation of an integration of genre-based knowledge and evaluative stance in the context of academic arguments employed in the conclusion sections of English and Malay research articles. For this purpose, it draws on an analysis of the features in Appraisal theory (Martin & Rose, 2003) integrated with an analysis of communicative purposes within a genre analysis framework (Swales, 1990, 2004). Among others, the findings include the observation that evaluative and dialogic stances jointly produce rhetorical effects in both English and Malay conclusions. English conclusions contain a subtle balance of assertion and mitigation while Malay conclusions tend to contract dialogic space and thus could be interpreted as less reader-friendly. This suggests that evaluation and the meaning potential of the genre are experienced and valued differently by scholars publishing in these two different scientific communities (international and local). This variation seems to be due to linguistic, contextual, and potential social cultural influences within the two academic discourse communities. The present study has pedagogical implications in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classroom.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Research article conclusion, Appraisal theory, Dialogic stance, Genre analysis, Evaluative stance, Malay
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions:SCHOOL > Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning
ID Code:13744
Deposited By:IR Admin
Deposited On:03 Aug 2016 14:12
Last Modified:03 Aug 2016 14:12

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