Perspectives on the Introductory Phase of Empirical Research Articles

A Study of Rhetorical Structure and Citation Use

  • (Kathy) Ling Lin

Part of the Corpora and Intercultural Studies book series (COINST, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. (Kathy) Ling Lin
    Pages 1-10
  3. (Kathy) Ling Lin
    Pages 11-100
  4. (Kathy) Ling Lin
    Pages 101-138
  5. (Kathy) Ling Lin
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  6. (Kathy) Ling Lin
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  7. (Kathy) Ling Lin
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 261-301

About this book


Combining English for Specific Purposes (ESP) genre-based analysis, corpus-based language studies, and semi-structured interviews, this book represents the first multi-faceted project on the macro-structure of empirical research articles (ERAs) from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives, and on the “I+LR” patterned introductory phase (comprising two introductory sections, i.e., the Introduction and the Literature Review in RAs drawn from civil engineering (CE) and applied linguistics (AL) journals) regarding their rhetorical organization, use of citation, and structural and functional links and variations. The project comprises three logically interconnected studies using a multi-perspective (the cross-disciplinary, cross-generic, emic, and published advice vs. actual expert practices perspectives) approach. It will make a significant contribution to our understanding of the genre evolution, rhetorical organization and citation features of ERAs, enrich English for Academic Purposes (EAP) theories, and facilitate the development of EAP pedagogy and materials.


Genre Analysis Citation Study Reporting Verbs Academic Writing Corpus Linguistics Rhetorical Structure Citation Use English for Academic Purposes

Authors and affiliations

  • (Kathy) Ling Lin
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Foreign LanguagesShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-32-9203-1
  • Online ISBN 978-981-32-9204-8
  • Series Print ISSN 2510-4802
  • Series Online ISSN 2510-4810
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