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Article: Language re-use among Chinese apprentice scientists writing for publication

TitleLanguage re-use among Chinese apprentice scientists writing for publication
Authors
Issue Date2007
PublisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://applij.oxfordjournals.org/
Citation
Applied Linguistics, 2007, v. 28 n. 3, p. 440-465 How to Cite?
AbstractPlagiarism has been a topic of considerable discussion in Applied Linguistics. In the literature on plagiarism a distinction can be found between the taking of the ideas of others and the taking of others' words. In this paper the focus is on the latter, which is referred to as 'language re-use'. Specifically, the study focuses on the practices and beliefs of a group of doctoral science students at a major university in China regarding language re-use in writing for publication in English. Examples are presented illustrating the students' strategies of language re-use in each section of the prototypical IMRD (Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion) structure of the genre of scientific research articles, along with the writers' justifications for such writing practices. It can be seen that the students' language re-use goes well beyond formulaic expressions and technical terminology which are characteristics of the scientific research article, yet the students believe that their textual practices do not constitute plagiarism, which, to them, primarily means the stealing of others' work. For English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instruction targeted at novice scientists, the paper calls for a pedagogy that acknowledges and exploits the formulaicity of scientific writing as well as discusses the relationship between 'form' (language) and 'content' (the work reported) in natural sciences. © The Author 2007. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/175434
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2015 Impact Factor: 3.25
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.749
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dc.contributor.authorFlowerdew, Jen_US
dc.contributor.authorLi, Yen_US
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dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.citationApplied Linguistics, 2007, v. 28 n. 3, p. 440-465en_US
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/175434-
dc.description.abstractPlagiarism has been a topic of considerable discussion in Applied Linguistics. In the literature on plagiarism a distinction can be found between the taking of the ideas of others and the taking of others' words. In this paper the focus is on the latter, which is referred to as 'language re-use'. Specifically, the study focuses on the practices and beliefs of a group of doctoral science students at a major university in China regarding language re-use in writing for publication in English. Examples are presented illustrating the students' strategies of language re-use in each section of the prototypical IMRD (Introduction, Method, Results, Discussion) structure of the genre of scientific research articles, along with the writers' justifications for such writing practices. It can be seen that the students' language re-use goes well beyond formulaic expressions and technical terminology which are characteristics of the scientific research article, yet the students believe that their textual practices do not constitute plagiarism, which, to them, primarily means the stealing of others' work. For English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instruction targeted at novice scientists, the paper calls for a pedagogy that acknowledges and exploits the formulaicity of scientific writing as well as discusses the relationship between 'form' (language) and 'content' (the work reported) in natural sciences. © The Author 2007. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.en_US
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherOxford University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://applij.oxfordjournals.org/en_US
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dc.titleLanguage re-use among Chinese apprentice scientists writing for publicationen_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1093/applin/amm031en_US
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