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Title: On the Effect of disciplinary variation on transitivity: The case of academic book reviews
Paper URL: http://asian-efl-journal.com
Author: Esmat Babaii
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Institution: University for Teacher Education
Author: Hasan Ansary
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Institution: Islamic Azad University, Qazvin
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: English
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Abstract: The purpose of this study was twofold. First, an attempt was made to/L/systematically characterize Book Reviews (BRs) as an academic written genre in terms of the elements of transitivity system. Secondly, the effect of disciplinary/L/variation on the lexico-grammatical features of this genre was explored. To this end, a/L/corpus of 90 academic BRs from discipline-related professional journals (physics,/L/sociology, and literature) were randomly selected and analyzed. Significant differences were observed in terms of both the type and frequency of processes and/L/participants. This, it seems, points to a difference in the semantic configuration of BRs/L/peculiar to each discipline, although they all seem to fulfill a similar communicative purpose— evaluating knowledge production in the academic milieu. To be more specific, the observed features indicate that BRs in physics journals, as compared to their/L/counterparts in sociology and literature journals, appear to carry a higher/L/percentage of passive construction, non-human concrete participants, and of/L/relational and existential processes, together with a lower percentage/L/of specific human participants; hence, leading to texts heavily laden with grammatical/L/metaphor and impersonality.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
URL: http://asian-efl-journal.com


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