Chapter published in:Intercultural Perspectives on Research Writing
Edited by Pilar Mur-Dueñas and Jolanta Šinkūnienė
[AILA Applied Linguistics Series 18] 2018
► pp. 129–150
Chinese writers of English RAs as creators of a research space in a national context
A diachronic study
Based on Swales’ (1990, 2004) CARS model, this study examines 95 research articles (RAs) published by Chinese English-language writers doing Applied Linguistics across three periods of time to find out whether and to what extent they move over time towards the conventional construction of the identity as creators of a research space in the introductory part of their RAs published in a national context. The findings confirm the occurrence of the diachronic change, which is ascribed to the accrued influence of international academic conventions on Chinese English-language writers. Hopefully, this study can help improve the teaching and writing of RA Introductions for the purposes of English-language international publication and enrich existing research on identity construction in academic discourse.
Keywords: Create a Research Space (CARS) model, identity construction, Chinese researchers, RA Introduction, national context, diachronic study
Published online: 06 December 2018
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del Saz Rubio, M. M.
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