Preferences in the selection of reporting verbs in theses by Slovak students of English Language
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This study focuses on the process of selecting and using reporting verbs in student writing and on their denotative and evaluative functions. The aim is to compare student and scholarly writing in order to find any possible interdisciplinary or genre differences. Bachelor’s and master’s theses written in academic English by Slovak students of English Language at the University of Presov, Slovakia, were analysed. The results of the analysis were compared with Hyland’s (1999) study of reporting verbs in research articles from various disciplines written in English. The study suggests that students prefer discursive reporting verbs expressing a neutral or (less frequently) positive stance towards the cited text, which is in accordance with the analyses of reporting verbs in research articles and dissertations.
Key words: academic writing, citations, citation practices, evaluation, reporting verbs
Kľúčové slová: akademické písanie, citácie, citačné praktiky, evaluácia, uvádzajúce slovesá
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Slovo a slovesnost, ročník 78 (2017), číslo 3, s. 214–225
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