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Title

A framework for comparing evaluation resources across academic texts

AuthorsMoreno, Ana I.; Suárez, Lorena
KeywordsEnglish for Academic Purposes
Academic Writing
Academic Book Reviews
Evaluation
Metadiscourse
Cross-cultural Studies
Issue Date2008
PublisherWalter de Gruyter
CitationText & Talk 28(6): 749-769 (2008)
AbstractThe use of evaluation resources has proven to be an especially difficult area in English for Academic Purposes. Our aim is to propose a methodological framework for identifying recurrent differences in the use of evaluation resources in academic texts across English and other languages. We argue that for comparisons to be meaningful, studies of independent but comparable successful texts should contrast propositions that are similar in terms of their pragmatic or discourse function. We narrow the focus of the proposal down to the academic book review genre in one particular academic discipline and argue for the contrast of propositions functioning as critical acts on similar THINGS, the academic books under review. We reason that for fruitful comparisons it would be necessary to distinguish between evaluation resources occurring on the propositional, metadiscoursal and rhetorical planes. We discuss the types of evaluation resources that occur on these three planes in a corpus of 20 recent literary academic book reviews in English. We conclude that applying this framework to the quantitative analysis of comparable texts and propositions across languages would help to establish the extent to which the use of evaluation resources varies as a function of the language in a useful way.
DescriptionPre-print version attached.-- Final full-text version available Open Access at the journal site through the link below.
Publisher version (URL)http://www.reference-global.com/stoken/default+domain/sakNUJwJkFFcJdhkBrB7/abs/10.1515/TEXT.2008.038
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/13102
DOI10.1515/TEXT.2008.038
ISSN1860-7330
E-ISSN1860-7349
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