Article published in:Interference and normalization in genre-controlled multilingual corpora
Edited by Marie-Aude Lefer and Svetlana Vogeleer
[Belgian Journal of Linguistics 27] 2013
► pp. 111–134
Native and non-native English abstracts in contrast
A multidimensional move analysis
This article takes a composite approach that combines move analysis and multidimensional analysis to a contrastive study of textual variations in discourse moves between native and non-native English abstracts, focusing on the biology discipline. Building on a new multidimensional analysis model of English abstracts established in Cao & Xiao (2013), the present study demonstrates that in comparison with their Chinese counterparts, native English writers display a more active involvement and a more interactive style; and in all obligatory moves, they are also more focused and confident in using intensifying devices. Native and non-native abstracts differ significantly at both dimension level and move level. Such differences are discussed with reference to possible reasons and our suggestions for English abstract writing in China.
Keywords: research article abstracts, move analysis, multidimensional analysis, English, Chinese, contrastive analysis
Published online: 15 November 2013
Cited by 4 other publications
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