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THE USE OF AUTHORIAL SELF-MENTION WORDS IN ACADEMIC WRITING


The purpose of this corpus-based study is to explore how academic writers from different cultural backgrounds employ authorial self-mention words in their research articles (RA). The data set of the present study comprises roughly 300 research articles, which were selected through criterion sampling method, from the field of Applied Linguistics. Randomly selected 100 articles were examined through document analysis technique in order to unearth how writers from different cultural backgrounds use authorial self-mention words to achieve a variety of rhetorical purposes. The data were analyzed using Hyland’s (2002) text analysis model. The findings reveal that the RA is not a modest, self-effacing genre, devoid of writer presence; rather it is a site where writers strategically employ authorial self-mention words and project themselves in their works. The study ends with suggestions for non-native novice writers, underscoring the need to raise (non-native) novice writers’ awareness of the strategic use of authorial self-mention words in academic writing.


Keywords


Authorial self-mention words, voice, genre, academic writing.

Author : Huseyin KAFES
Number of pages: 165-180
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18033/ijla.3532
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International Journal of Language Academy
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