A genre analysis of English language research grant proposal abstracts in Chile
Matzler, Pascal P (2014) A genre analysis of English language research grant proposal abstracts in Chile. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)
The writing of English-language research genres represent a challenging task for non-native-speaker researchers. Grant proposals, in particular, are a high-stakes genre that will greatly influence a researcher’s career development opportunities; however, novice researchers are faced with an urgent lack of publicly available exemplars or teaching materials for this genre. The present study attempts to address this issue by means of Swalesian genre analysis. First, a move system analysis is applied to a corpus of 40 abstracts of successful grant proposals from a variety of disciplines. Based on the results of this initial analysis, a modified move framework for grant proposal abstracts is formulated. Finally, interviews are conducted with specialist informants from four disciplines. The results show that the proposed framework is clear and functional to the discussion of rhetorical choices in grant proposal abstracts for the present Chilean context.
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