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Title: A Contrastive Study of the Discourse of English and Arabic Theses' Abstracts
Author: Mekki B. Elbadri
Email: click here to access email
Institution: (personal interest - not currently working at a university)
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis
Subject Language: Arabic, Standard
English
Arabic, Standard
English
Arabic, Standard
English
Arabic, Standard
English
Arabic, Standard
English
Abstract: This paper discusses the academic discourse of abstracts in Arabic and English. It aims at finding out whether the language in which an abstract is written influences the discourse features of the genre in question. The corpus consists of abstracts written in English and their translated versions in Arabic as well as ones written in Arabic and their translated versions in English. Analysis is conducted according to four basic criteria, i.e. Length, Macro-structure, Symmetry and Linearity. It is observed that abstracts show different features according to the language in which they are written. It is also concluded that students and researchers need more guidance on characteristics and importance of this academic genre.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: IIUM, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Publication Info: Unpublished


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