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    Legitimate textual borrowing: direct quotation in L2 student writing

    Petrić, Bojana (2012) Legitimate textual borrowing: direct quotation in L2 student writing. Journal of Second Language Writing 21 , pp. 102-117. ISSN 1060-3743.

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    Using textual analysis and interviews with student writers, this study aims to provide an insight into second language students’ use of direct quotations in their MA theses by comparing direct quotations in high-rated and low-rated Master’s theses, and by exploring student writers’ own motivations to quote directly from sources. The corpus consists of eight high-rated and eight lowrated Master’s theses written in English in the field of gender studies by students from Central and Eastern Europe studying at an English-medium university in Central Europe. The findings show that high-rated theses display almost three times as many direct quotations per 1000 words as low-rated theses, which was found to be statistically significant. Differences are also evident in the type of quotations preferred: while high-rated theses primarily use quotation fragments (i.e., quotations shorter than a T-unit), lowrated theses rely on clause-based quotations, which do not require modification when quoted in a text. Interviews with student writers reveal the following motivations to quote directly from sources: (a) source-related motivations (e.g., vivid expression of an idea), (b) writers’ own goals (e.g., stylistic variety), (c) external factors (e.g., lack of time), and (d) students’ beliefs and fears (e.g., fear of plagiarism). The findings are discussed with reference to the development of student academic writing in the area of source use and citation. Pedagogical recommendations aimed at making students’ use of direct quotations more effective are also offered.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Depositing User: Bojana Petric
    Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 08:31
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:36


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