Citation Use in the Introductory Part

  • (Kathy) Ling LinEmail author
Part of the Corpora and Intercultural Studies book series (COINST, volume 5)


This chapter presents the findings of the investigation into the use of citations in the two major rhetorical sections (viz., the Introduction and LR) of the introductory phase of ERAs in AL and CE. Cross-disciplinary and cross-generic variations in citation density (Sect. 7.2), the use of different types of citation forms (Sect. 7.3.1) and RVs (Sect. 7.4), and the rhetorical functions of citations (Sect. 7.3.2) are the focus of this study. The comparative analysis of citation use on such dimensions in Introduction and LR is significant and interesting since both of them are the potential locations for reviewing previous literature in the ERA, thereby providing possible contexts for the (intense) use of citations and RVs. A summary of the major findings yielded from the comparison concludes this chapter.


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  1. 1.School of Foreign LanguagesShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina

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