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A corpus-based study of the phraseological pattern it + v-link + adj + that clause in l1 and l2 expert academic writing

Show simple item record Ngula, Richmond Sadick 2021-11-10T11:42:44Z 2021-11-10T11:42:44Z 1-09-20
dc.identifier.issn 23105496
dc.description 8p:, ill. en_US
dc.description.abstract This study discusses the phraseological pattern It + V-link + ADJ + That Clause as a rhetorical feature of argumentation in Ghanaian scholars’ research articles (RAs) across the disciplines of Sociology, Economics and Law. It looks at the pattern’s occurrence with the adjectives possible, likely and clear in RAs by Ghanaian authors based in Ghana and in RAs by international scholars who are native speakers to determine potential divergent patterns of use between the two groups of scholars in the three disciplinary fields. Because RAs produced by non-native writers are often said to be characterized by overuse, underuse or misuse of rhetorical features (e.g., Martinéz, 2005, Englander, 2006), this study adopts a corpus-based approach to investigate the extent to which Ghanaian scholars’ use of the above collocational pattern involving possible, likely and clear differs from international scholars’ use of the pattern in terms of frequency information, levels of epistemic force, and intensification/mitigation styles. A close inspection of a million word corpus of RAs, supported by robust statistical analyses, reveals considerable differences in the way the pattern is used between the two groups of scholars across the disciplines studied, which suggest that Ghanaian scholars do not fully apply the preferred stereotypical uses of the pattern found in reputable international RAs. The study has implications for how Ghanaian scholars have acquired rhetorical strategies of academic writing en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Cape Coast en_US
dc.subject Phraseology and Patterns en_US
dc.subject Academic writing en_US
dc.subject Epistemic modality en_US
dc.subject Research articles en_US
dc.subject Rhetoric en_US
dc.title A corpus-based study of the phraseological pattern it + v-link + adj + that clause in l1 and l2 expert academic writing en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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