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ERIC Number: EJ1088306
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0125-2488
Idea Sharing: Reporting Verbs in Research Writing: Lessons from Experts
Jaroongkhongdach, Woravut
PASAA: Journal of Language Teaching and Learning in Thailand, v50 p143-154 Jul-Dec 2015
Using reporting verbs in research writing seems to be a problem for graduate students (or novice researchers) when writing a research paper. The aim of this paper is to raise the awareness of students in using reporting verbs. The main argument in this paper is based on the comparison of reporting verbs used by two expert researchers and two Thai novice researchers in the field of applied linguistics. The comparison reveals that reporting verbs used by the experts tend to be both factive (i.e., the current researcher portrays the previous researcher as presenting true information or a correct opinion) and non-factive (i.e., the current researcher gives no clear signal as to his/her attitude towards the previous researcher's information/opinion), while those used by the novice tend mainly to be factive. The comparison also shows that the experts tend to use three tenses (present simple tense, present perfect tense, and past simple tense) whereas the Thai novice researchers tend to mainly use present simple tense. The paper ends with a call for students to strive to increase their working reporting verbs, and to understand the differences in different reporting verbs and in the tenses of reporting verbs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Thailand
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