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ERIC Number: EJ803696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1475-1585
Points of Focus and Position: Intertextual Reference in PhD Theses
Thompson, Paul
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, v4 n4 p307-323 Oct 2005
This paper investigates the nature of texts produced for assessment at the highest level of advanced academic literacy: PhD theses. Eight theses from within a single department (Agricultural Botany) at a British university are the subject of study, and the contexts in which these texts were written are investigated through interviews with the supervisors. The notion of a genre of the PhD thesis is problematized and it is argued that a genre-analytic approach can be highly generative. Finally, the ways that the writers manipulate focus and position within their texts is explored through an investigation of citation practices in the theses. (Contains 3 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom