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Should I use I?: A corpus-based study of first-person pronouns in scientific journals of different rankings
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Bör jag använda jag? : En korpusbaserad studie av förstapersons-pronomen i vetenskapliga tidsskrifter med olika ranking (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

According to earlier research, first-person pronouns are used in academic writing for a multitude of reasons. In this paper, the aim is to investigate if first-person pronouns are used to different extents or with different functions in articles from highly ranked scientific journals and articles from less highly ranked scientific journals. The investigation is based on a corpus study of 20 highly ranked sociological articles and 20 less highly ranked sociological articles. The corpus data provide statistics for frequencies of first-person pronouns and frequencies of so-called genre roles, in accordance with Tang and John’s (1999) model. The results reveal that the recounter genre role and first-person pronouns of all types combined are significantly more frequent in highly ranked articles in comparison to less highly ranked articles.

Abstract [sv]

Enligt tidigare forskning finns ett flertal anledningar till att förstapersonspronomen används i akademiskt skrivande. I denna uppsats är målsättning att undersöka om förstapersonspronomen används olika ofta eller med olika funktioner i artiklar från högt rankade vetenskapliga tidsskrifter och artiklar från mindre högt rankade vetenskapliga tidsskrifter. Undersökningen baseras på en korpusstudie av 20 högt rankade artiklar i sociologi och 20 mindre högt rankade artiklar i sociologi. Korpusdatan tillhandahåller statistik över förstapersons-pronomen och så kallade genreroller, vilka definieras i Tangs och Johns (1999) modell. Resultatet visar att genrerollen återberättaren och en sammanvägning av alla förstapersonspronomena har signifikant högre förekomst i högt rankade artiklar än i mindre högt rankade artiklar.

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2015. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
first-person pronouns, genre roles, corpus study, research articles
Keyword [sv]
förstapersonspronomen, genreroller, korpusanalys, forskningsartiklar
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-35004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-35004DiVA: diva2:783190
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Available from: 2015-01-28 Created: 2015-01-24 Last updated: 2015-01-28Bibliographically approved

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