A Genre Analysis of Linguistics Research Article Abstracts: A Comparative Study with Hyland’s Moves

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Duangjit Sukhapabsuk


Researchers publishing papers aim to disseminate new knowledge and establish themselves in academic society. To get their papers accepted for publication, composed abstracts are great tools of assistance. Moreover, abstract analysis aid writers in comprehending the elements of an abstract. The objective of this research article, therefore, was to report the results of an analysis of 100 research article abstracts in Linguistics using Hyland’s model (2000). The researcher employed purposive sampling to choose the papers published between 2010-2017. The results showed that three moves (Purpose, Methodology, Result) were frequently used which are different from the model that proposed five moves (Introduction, Purpose, Method, Product, and Conclusion). However, they did share something in common. It was shown that Hyland’s model was practical for analyzing moves of the abstracts even though some writers employed different kinds of moves.


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Sukhapabsuk, D. (2021). A Genre Analysis of Linguistics Research Article Abstracts: A Comparative Study with Hyland’s Moves. Language and Linguistics, 39(2), 137–155. Retrieved from https://so04.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/joling/article/view/245383
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