A diachronic analysis of hedging in non-native authors' research article abstracts

Olga Boginskaya
2022 Cultura, Lenguaje y Representación  
A growing part of studies on English for academic purpose explores how English is used in non-Anglophone contexts. This article focuses on the under-researched context of Russia, where English has been used as a language of scientific publications only since 2010. The paper explores hedging devices in Russian authors' research article abstracts from a diachronic perspective. The main focus is on quantitative and qualitative variations in the use of these linguistic means. It is assumed their
more » ... tribution could change over time. Exploring functions of hedges and suggesting reasons for diachronic changes in their use are other research questions. The weakening intrusion of national Russian criteria of good writing and greater awareness of English academic norms due to the need to publish internationally have influenced hedging patterns in Russian authors' research article abstracts. The study is based on a corpus of 120 research article abstracts from the field of linguistics published in two Russian journals in 2010-2020. The theoretical framework followed here is Hyland's (2000) taxonomy of hedges, which offers a pragmatically-grounded method for analyzing hedging in academic discourse
doi:10.6035/clr.6221 fatcat:qniyzed7abdozoexs773nvdi6m