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Titre du document / Document title

Towards the characterization of genre : Speech act of definition, a criterion for genre identity = Vers une caractérisation du genre : L'acte de parole de la définition, un critère servant à l'identification du genre

Auteur(s) / Author(s)

ANSARY Hasan (1) ; BABAI Esmat (1) ;

Affiliation(s) du ou des auteurs / Author(s) Affiliation(s)

(1) Shiraz University, IRAN, REPUBLIQUE ISLAMIQUE D'

Résumé / Abstract

This survey report presents the results of a study on the speech act of definition in chemistry texts within two genres investigating whether or not it can serve as a criterion to differentiate the two genres. A random sample of 60 texts written by 60 different writers was taken to serve as the corpus of the study. Of this cluster 60 conceptual paragraphs - 30 from textbooks and 30 from research articles - as units of text were randomly selected and analysed. Application of the Chi-Square goodness-of-fit test revealed that definitions often cluster together in textbooks, whereas there was no evidence of them being frequent in research articles. It is, therefore, suggested here that this distinctiveness is sufficient to justify the speech act of definition as one yardstick out of several possibles to distinguish textbooks from research articles in English Language.

Revue / Journal Title

Indian journal of applied linguistics    ISSN  0379-0037 

Source / Source

2000, vol. 26, no2, pp. 67-84 (6 p.1/2)

Langue / Language

Anglais

Editeur / Publisher

Bahri, New Delhi, INDE  (1975) (Revue)

Mots-clés anglais / English Keywords

Pragmatics

;

Speech act

;

Specialist Language

;

Manual

;

Comparative Study

;

Genre

;

Mots-clés français / French Keywords

Linguistique textuelle

;

Pragmatique

;

Type de texte

;

Acte de parole

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Langue de spécialité

;

Langue scientifique

;

Discipline scientifique

;

Manuel

;

Etude comparative

;

Etude quantitative

;

Anglais

;

Publication scientifique

;

Article scientifique

;

Chimie

;

Définition

;

Matière d'enseignement

;

Genre

;

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 24627, 35400009348179.0030

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