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Text Functions and Citation Patterns in Specialized Texts: A Contrastive Study of the Case Report Genre: Carlos Muñoz Torres
CARLOS MUÑOZ TORRES1
Text Functions and Citation Patterns in Specialized Texts: A Contrastive Study of the Case Report Genre
Over the last decade or so, there has been a growing interest in the study of the Case Report as a genre. This medical genre has been studied from different perspectives, for example: Genre Studies (Goodier, 2008; Helán, 2012; Burdiles, 2012), Specialized Discourse (Oliver del Olmo, 2004; López Ferrero, 2006; Morales et al., 2008) and Translation Studies (Montalt Resurrecció & González Davies, 2007; Méndez-Cendón, 2009; Muñoz, 2011). Most studies of the Case Report genre have included a corpus taken from one or multiple disciplines of the health sciences (radiology, dentistry, pediatrics, among others).
On the other hand, some studies about text functions and citation patterns have been carried out in specific medical texts. The most studied genre, by far, has been the research article, but new specific genres have been described such as review articles (Morales and Cassany, 2008a), medical conferences (Rowley-Jolivet, 2002; Webber, 2005), abstracts (Samraj, 2005), book reviews (Salager-Meyer, 2001b), among others. However, concerning the Case Report genre, there has been much less work done to describe the multiple text functions and the interaction between the primary text function and citations of this genre. Additionally, a Translation Studies perspective gives us the opportunity to propose a contrastive genre-based study of ← 303 | 304 → the Case Report in a comparable corpus, that is, a corpus...