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Diacronia 9, May 7, 2019, A133 (1–8)doi:10.17684/i9A133en

Forms and functions of vague language in academic journal article abstracts

Gabriela Cusen

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Faculty of Letters, “Transilvania” University of Brașov, Bd. Eroilor 29, 500036 Brașov, Romania

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Received September 5, 2018
Accepted October 3, 2018
Published May 7, 2019

Key words

academic journal abstracts
vague language
IMRaD moves

Abstract

This paper reports on an exploratory investigation of the IMRaD moves (Introduction, Method, Results and Discussion) which show the degree of informativeness in terms of referential explicitness of academic texts and of use of vague language in academic journal abstracts published in 2010 and 2011. The areas of research these articles focus on are: language and linguistics, literature and cultural studies. The analysis of the data, based on an existing analytical framework (Cutting, 2012), revealed that authors use vague language (e.g.: ‘general nouns’, ‘hedging devices’ and ‘vague quantifiers’) and that the abstracts mostly consist of the introduction and discussion moves. Results of research into the writing of article abstracts may benefit both novice academic text writers and academics guiding their work.

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    Text:Cusen, G. (2019). Forms and functions of vague language in academic journal article abstracts, Diacronia 9 (May 7), A133 (1–8), http://dx.doi.org/10.17684/i9A133en
    BibTeX:@ARTICLE{cusen2019,
     author = {Gabriela Cusen},
     title = {Forms and functions of vague language in academic journal article abstracts},
     journal = {Diacronia},
     ISSN = {2393-1140},
     year = {2019},
     month = {May},
     number = {9},
     eid = {A133},
     doi = {10.17684/i9A133en},
     pages = "(1–8)",
     url = {http://www.diacronia.ro/journal/issue/9/A133/en}
    }

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