Rhetorical Pattern of Conference Abstracts

Hassan Fartousi, Francisco Perlas Dumanig


The present study aims to identify the rhetorical pattern of sampled English abstracts of papers   presented at the FISS Conference on April 9 and 10 2011 in the University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysia.  The theoretical framework of this analysis is based on the Generic Structure Potential model adopted from the Systemic Functional (SF) theory of language and genre (Halliday & Hasan, 1989). The data of the study were drawn from the above-mentioned conference proceedings. The aim of the study is to identify the elements of generic structural potential (GSP) and their sequence which construct the rhetorical pattern of abstract texts. The findings revealed six rhetorically structural elements which include four obligatory elements of Addressing a Framework (AF), Articulating an Objective (AO), Articulating a Method (AM), and Articulating a Result (AR) and two optional rhetorical elements such as Providing Background Information (BI) and Addressing a Problem (AP). Conclusion wise, the following rhetorical pattern was explored and formulated:



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