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    Direct quotations in the rhetorical structure of literature PhD thesis introductions

    Ono, M. and Petric, Bojana (2023) Direct quotations in the rhetorical structure of literature PhD thesis introductions. English Text Construction 15 (1), pp. 30-67. ISSN 1874-8767.

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    Direct quotation (DQ) use varies considerably across disciplines, from complete absence in hard sciences to relative frequency in social sciences. This study investigates DQs in literature, focusing on PhD thesis introductions in English. A corpus of 15 introductions tagged for move-and-step genre analysis was used to investigate DQ frequency, their distribution in the rhetorical structure of introductions, and source text types used for DQs. The findings show that i) DQs are the most common source use practice in the corpus; ii) DQs are concentrated in three rhetorical steps: reviewing previous research, presenting the analysed literary work, and making topic generalisations; and iii) source text type used for DQs is associated with specific rhetorical steps. These findings suggest that DQs are essential for the realisation of the rhetorical purpose of the steps which carry them and for knowledge construction in literature PhD theses.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): direct quotation, genre analysis, PhD thesis, introduction, source use
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Multilingual and Multicultural Research, Centre for (CMMR)
    Depositing User: Bojana Petric
    Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2022 14:22
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:53


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