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Title: An exploration of rhetorical structure and interactional metadiscourse in architecture research articles
Author: Chang, Ping-Nan
ISNI:       0000 0004 5994 9886
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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Research articles have long been the centre of EAP/ESP genre research. However, the majority of relevant studies focused on a section of research articles rather than the full text. Furthermore, while research articles in science and technology and social sciences have been extensively investigated, little applied linguistic research attention has been paid to the design filed, including architecture that this research is concerned about. In order to hope to contribute to the understanding of this important genre and to provide some information and implications for teaching ESP, I conducted this exploratory study by analysing fourteen research papers in The Journal of Architecture. Two aspects chosen for the analysis are move structure and interactional metadiscourse based on Swales (1990) and Hyland (2005) respectively. While the identification of relevant features relied on my judgment, the software of UAM Corpus Tool was applied to facilitate the process. To complement the textual analysis, I also consulted two architect lecturers about their discipline by means of an open-ended questionnaire. Some findings, such as the prevalence of nonepistemic introduction, the lack methods-related moves and the salience of engagement markers, seem to set these articles apart from those based on empirical research and to suggest their resemblance to those in arts and humanities.
Supervisor: O'Boyle, Aisling Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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