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The Rhetoric of the Abstract in English and Spanish Scientific Discourse

A Cross-Cultural Genre-Analytic Approach


Pedro Martin-Martin

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.