The Academic Discourse of Mechanical Engineering

A corpus-based study into rhetorical conventions of research articles

ORCID logoThi Ngoc Phuong Le | University of Danang
ORCID logoMinh Man Pham | University of Danang
ORCID logoMichael Barlow | University of Auckland
ISBN 9789027212986 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027254504 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This volume examines rhetorical conventions employed in mechanical engineering research to understand the knowledge-making principles of the discipline, as well as their expression within the research article. In particular, the study analyses the organisational patterns of mechanical engineering research articles using Swales’s conceptualisation of moves and steps. In addition, the research identifies the phraseology associated with specific moves and steps. The study draws on a corpus of 120 mechanical engineering research articles, equally distributed across two sub-disciplines (mechanical systems and thermal-fluids engineering), three research traditions (experimental, theoretical and mixed methods), and two publication periods (2002–2006 and 2012–2016). It adopts an integrated methodology, intertwining various approaches and perspectives including corpus linguistics, move analysis, discourse analysis and interviews to address two main strands of research enquiry: (i) What are the properties of the rhetorical structures in terms of range, frequency, and length for each section of mechanical engineering research articles? (ii) What effect does sub-discipline, research tradition and publication date have on the rhetorical structure of research articles?
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 107]  Expected March 2023.  xiii, 320 pp.
Publishing status: Printing
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009030 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2022052040