ERIC Number: ED414750
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Citation as Persuasion in Research Articles.
Thomas, Sarah; Hawes, Thomas
TEANGA: The Irish Yearbook of Applied Linguistics, n16 p53-72 1996
A study of the use of citations (references to the work of previous researchers) in articles reporting research focuses on the writer's motivation in using them. It is suggested that citation is a rhetorical element that contributes considerably to the persuasive tone of the article, and that citations are introduced primarily to support or be supported by some other proposition in the context. A semantic analysis of a number of excerpts from research articles looked at patterns of citations in three categories (supporting, supported and non-supporting) and described ways in which the support role is indicated in language elements, including explicit signals of support and semantic relations. The head-support relation is proposed as an addition to the existing typology of semantic relations. It was found that the support provided by citations was not all of the same sort, and the existence of a range of support (primary to secondary to complementary) is also proposed. Contains 18 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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