Dr. Mohsen Khedri, Faculty of Language Studies – Connecting Communities

How do we make ourselves heard in the writing of a research article? A study of authorial references in four disciplines

The article was published in the Australian Journal of Linguistics (SCOPUS, WoS-IF = 0.538)

The study examined the use of personal (exclusive first-person plural pronouns) and impersonal (abstract rhetors, periphrastic passives and it-clauses) authorial references in a corpus of 160 research articles in applied linguistics, psychology, environmental engineering and chemistry. The aim was to see if personal and impersonal authorial references, as realized by the rhetorical options chosen, are predisposed to differences across disciplinary rhetorical cultures. The results indicated disciplinary variations in both the frequency and use of personal and impersonal authorial references, especially when the disciplines were compared for contrasting effects. Also, the results showed differences in the incidence of use of personal and impersonal authorial references across discourse functions, which could be attributed to the adoption of different interpersonal strategies within the disciplines.  Full paper

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