Comparative citation analysis of applied linguistics research articles' introduction sections

Source document: Brno studies in English. 2018, vol. 44, iss. 1, pp. [27]-42
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    0524-6881 (print)
    1805-0867 (online)
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Citation, as a rhetorical feature, is "central to the social context of persuasion" and plays a significant role in establishing knowledge (Hyland 1999: 341). Having knowledge about citation practice is necessary for the academics to make a good relationship between academic writers and previous researchers in the special fields. The purpose of this study was to compare citation practices in the introduction sections of applied linguistics research articles. To this end, 168 research article introduction sections were randomly selected from international and local Iranian research articles published in English in the field of applied linguistics. The data were then analyzed based on Thompson and Tribble's (2001) taxonomy of citation practices. Findings showed that local Iranian research articles tended to use more citation practice than international research articles. Results of descriptive and inferential statistics were also reported and their pedagogical implications were subsequently discussed.
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