International Journal of English Studies

Provides articles on developments in the general field of English Studies: English Language and Linguistics, Applied English Linguistics, Literature in English and Culture of the English-speaking countries.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 2, 2008

Cross-Cultural Aspects of Academic Writing: A Study of Hungarian and North American College Students L1 Argumentative Essays
ABSTRACTThe paper presents the findings and implications of a contrastive rhetorical study of Hungarian and North American college students' L1 argumentative writing. With the help of the refined version of Mann & Thompson's Rhetorical Structure...
Linearity in Language. Rhetorical-Discursive Preferences in English and Spanish in the Light of Kaplan's Model
ABSTRACTIn the present work the author tries to analyse one of the fundamental concepts that underlie Kaplan's theory: his idea of "linearity". Rather surprisingly, despite its importance, it is a construct that usually goes undefined in the literature....
Negotiating into Academic Discourses: Taiwanese and U.S. College Students in Research Writing
ABSTRACTCross-national, or cross-cultural, studies of academic writing have moved beyond contrastive rhetoric's textual focus to broad concerns of students' first- and second-language literacy development. However, we remain in the dark as to how, in...
Persuasion, Interaction and the Construction of Knowledge: Representing Self and Others in Research Writing
ABSTRACTIt is now increasingly accepted that academic knowledge is closely related to the social practices of academic communities, and particularly to their discourses. Texts are persuasive only when they employ rhetorical conventions that colleagues...
Process Writing: Successful and Unsuccessful Writers; Discovering Writing Behaviours
ABSTRACTSuccessful and unsuccessful strategies practically complied with in the act of writing have been so far experimentally tapped and scholastically rehearsed by several authors. In this study, a complementary task using a questionnaire worked out...
Revisiting Relevant Approaches for the Study of Language and Intercultural Communication
ABSTRACTThis paper revisits relevant approaches used for the study of language and intercultural communication, in particular, in the area of comparing English and Chinese discourse structures. Kaplan's (1966) work has a great impact on the various approaches...
The Mitigation of Scientific Claims in Research Papers: A Comparative Study
ABSTRACTIn the context of academic writing, authors tend to mitigate the force of their scientific claims by means of hedging devices in order to reduce the risk of opposition and minimise the face threatening acts that are involved in the making of...
The Rhetorical Organization of Chinese and American Students' Expository Essays: A Contrastive Rhetoric Study
ABSTRACTA widespread assumption in the contrastive rhetoric field is the linearity/circularity dichotomy which suggests that Chinese writing is characterized by indirection. This study examines to what extent Chinese university students' writing differs...
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