Paradigmatic influences on lexical bundles in research articles in the discipline of education

Duygu Candarli (Lead / Corresponding author), Steven Jones

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    Lexical bundles are pervasive in English academic writing; however, little scholarly attention has been paid to how quantitative and qualitative research paradigms influence the use of lexical bundles in research articles. In order to investigate this, we created two equal-size corpora of research articles in the discipline of education. We examined four-word lexical bundles in terms of their structural characteristics and discourse functions in the quantitative and qualitative research articles published in international English-medium journals. We attribute intra-disciplinary variations in the use of lexical bundles to the knowledge-making practices that are specific to quantitative and qualitative research articles. This paper provides further evidence that the research article is not a unitary construct. The results have implications for academic writing, and corpus building and design in academic discourse. One of the key implications of this study is that L2 novice writers need to take into account the influences of research paradigms on the use of lexical bundles when writing research articles for English-medium journals in the discipline of education.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)237-263
    Number of pages27
    Issue number2
    Early online dateAug 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2019


    • Academic writing
    • Education
    • Lexical bundles
    • Paradigmatic influences
    • education
    • academic writing
    • lexical bundles
    • paradigmatic influences

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Music
    • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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