A comparison between Malay and English research article discussions: A move analysis

Loi, Chek Kim and Lim, Jason Miin Hwa and Songyut Akkakoson and Moyra Sweetnam Evans (2016) A comparison between Malay and English research article discussions: A move analysis. Sage Open, April-. pp. 1-11. ISSN 2158-2440


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This study investigated the rhetorical organization of Malay and English research article discussions. A move analysis was carried out for the two sets of data of the present study based on a modified version of Peacock’s model for the discussion section. For this purpose, a total of 40 research article discussions restricted to empirical studies (20 from each corpus) were randomly selected from journals in the field of education. Results show that Malay discussions are more context dependent while English discussions are more context independent and standalone. In addition, compared with its English-language counterparts, the fit between Peacock’s model and Malay discussions is partial. This phenomenon may be due to the preference for rhetorical concepts and values in the local writing community. The findings have pedagogical implications in an English for Academic Purposes classroom.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: linguistics, language studies, humanities, applied linguistics, academic writing, rhetorical organization, research articles, move analysis
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Department: CENTRE > Centre for the Promotion of Knowledge and Language Learning
Depositing User: Munira M
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2017 14:33
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2020 11:33
URI: https://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/15440

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