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ALRJournal. 2021; 5(7): 46-57 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2021.47354

Exploring the Conventions of Chinese Scholars Writing Research Article Abstracts for International vs National Journals in Applied Linguistics: From the Perspective of Move Structure and Evidentials as Metadiscourse

Xiaowei XI, Chanika Gampper
Language Institute, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand

With the widespread use of English as the international Lingua Franca of research, scholarship, and academic publishing, researchers around the world are now inevitable to write an English abstract irrespective of the language used in a full-length article. In this study, we attempted to illuminate the rhetorical conventions of mainland Chinese scholars’ abstract writing in different contexts of publication from the perspective of move structure and evidentials as metadiscourse, in case Chinese novice researchers encounter those possible difficulties in their future research writing. By analysing the self-compiled corpus of 150 abstracts (50 English and 50 pairs of English-Chinese) written by Chinese scholars in international and national journals in applied linguistics, several propensities of their abstracts’ writing conventions were detected. One salient trend is the rhetorical structures particular in move Introduction, which is peculiarly constructed using the adjunct structure (e.g., based on…) as the evidential marker by Chinese scholars in national journals. Another one is the dominant tenancy of adopting adjunct structures in both Chinese and English abstracts in national journals, while Chinese scholars in international journals tend to take advantage of every type of evidentials. Finally, these findings were cautiously explained from various angles (e.g., L1 influence or disciplinary feature). This exploratory study shed light for Chinese or other EFL novice researchers in writing English abstracts for publications in different contexts, and a few pedagogical implications for EAP courses or FL writing also have been discussed.

Keywords: writing conventions, research article abstracts, move structure, evidentials as metadiscourse, Chinese scholars

Xiaowei XI, Chanika Gampper. Exploring the Conventions of Chinese Scholars Writing Research Article Abstracts for International vs National Journals in Applied Linguistics: From the Perspective of Move Structure and Evidentials as Metadiscourse. ALRJournal. 2021; 5(7): 46-57

Corresponding Author: Xiaowei XI, Thailand
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