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Corpora and Intercultural Studies

Perspectives on the Introductory Phase of Empirical Research Articles

A Study of Rhetorical Structure and Citation Use

Authors: Lin, Ling

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  • Offers a diachronic study of the recent macro-structural development of ERAs, with a particular focus on the evolution of the structural forms of their introductory phases 
  • Provides a detailed structural and functional account of the LR section and its preceding Introduction, as well as their possible links in communicative functions, structure and citation use
  • Examines the disciplinary academics’ views on and experience with structuring the introductory phase of the ERA and on using citation forms, functions and signals in it
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Combining English for Specific Purposes (ESP) genre-based analysis, corpus-based language studies, and semi-structured interviews, this book represents the first multi-faceted project on the macro-structure of empirical research articles (ERAs) from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives, and on the “I+LR” patterned introductory phase (comprising two introductory sections, i.e., the Introduction and the Literature Review in RAs drawn from civil engineering and applied linguistics journals) regarding their rhetorical organization, use of citation, and structural and functional links and variations. The project comprises three logically interconnected studies using a multi-perspective (the cross-disciplinary, cross-generic, emic, and published advice vs. actual expert practices perspectives) approach. It will make a significant contribution to our understanding of the genre evolution, rhetorical organization and citation features of ERAs, enrich English for Academic Purposes (EAP) theories, and facilitate the development of EAP pedagogy and materials.

About the authors

(Kathy) Ling Lin is a lecturer at the Research Centre for Corpora and Intercultural Studies, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. She received her Ph.D. from Hong Kong Polytechnic University and worked at the Centre for Corpus Research, Birmingham University for her postdoctoral research. Her primary research focus is on grammar, genre and discourse in academic and professional contexts, using corpus and genre approaches. Her publications have appeared in English for Specific Purposes, the Asian ESP Journal, Journal of English for Academic Purposes, and Iberica, among others. She received the Richard Pemberton Award from the Hong Kong Association of Applied Linguistics. Currently, she is the principal investigator for several projects on academic discourse, respectively supported by the National Social Science Fund of China (Project no.: 18CYY054), the Philosophy and Social Science Planning Program of Shanghai (Project no.: 2017EYY007), and Shanghai Municipal Education Commission and Shanghai Education Development Foundation (Project no.: 15CG10). 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-10

    Lin, (Kathy) Ling

  • Genre Structure and Citation

    Pages 11-100

    Lin, (Kathy) Ling

  • Research Design and Methods

    Pages 101-138

    Lin, (Kathy) Ling

  • Lead-in Study 1: The Macro-structure of Contemporary ERAs

    Pages 139-150

    Lin, (Kathy) Ling

  • Lead-in Study 2: The ERA Macro-structural Development in Civil Engineering (CE) and Applied Linguistics (AL)

    Pages 151-164

    Lin, (Kathy) Ling

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Perspectives on the Introductory Phase of Empirical Research Articles
Book Subtitle
A Study of Rhetorical Structure and Citation Use
Authors
Series Title
Corpora and Intercultural Studies
Series Volume
5
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-329-204-8
DOI
10.1007/978-981-32-9204-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-329-203-1
Series ISSN
2510-4802
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 301
Number of Illustrations
26 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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