Engagement and the Generic Staging of Medical Research Articles
Daniel Lees Fryer
Department of Languages and Literatures, University of Gothenburg
Thursday 25 April 2013, 14:15-16:00, 489 PAM
In this talk, I will present some of the latest findings from my ongoing PhD project. Using Appraisal theory, a framework for modeling evaluative language, I investigate the linguistic means by which writers of medical research articles engage with and position themselves in relation to other voices in the discourse. In the presentation, I will describe the selection and annotation of the corpus of texts I am examining, a collection of highly cited medical research articles from four leading general medical journals. This will be followed by presentation of, and comments on, the use and function of different types (or features) of engagement, their frequencies and selection probabilities, their distributions, and their typical realizations, across the corpus as a whole and across different generic stages of the texts. One of the main aims of the talk, and indeed the project as a whole, is to explore how patterns of engagement vary in relation to the rhetorical purposes of different generic stages of the medical research article. I am interested, in particular, in discussing with the group ideas for how best to measure and describe this relationship.