Titles and Abstracts in Academic Discourse

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Jariah Mohd. Jan


This study examines the language of titles and abstracts in writing theses. The focus of this paper is two-fold; first, to investigate the rhetorical structure or styles of writing abstracts, and second, to determine features of a good title. The results of the paper indicate that writers of theses should inculcate the skills of writing abstracts. Employing the suggested techniques or strategies would be a step in ensuring good production of abstracts. The analysis of the papers also shows that the generality or specificity of a title correlates with the number of lexical units in the title. That is, as the number of the lexical units increase the title becomes more specific.


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Jan, J. M. (2017). Titles and Abstracts in Academic Discourse. Journal of Modern Languages, 8(1), 123–134. Retrieved from https://jml.um.edu.my/index.php/JML/article/view/3876