Contents: Scientific/academic discourse, the research article abstract, the contrastive rhetoric paradigm – The concepts of
‘discourse community’ and ‘genre’ – The rhetorical structure of abstracts – The concept of ‘move’ as a unit of analysis –
The socio-pragmatic strategy of hedging – A taxonomy of hedging devices – Personal attribution in academic discourse – Semantic
references and discourse functions of first person pronouns – The rhetorical management of academic criticism – A taxonomy
of rhetorical strategies to convey critical speech acts – The politics of abstract writing.