Academic Collocations in Egyptian Medical Abstracts

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Abstract

The present study aims primarily at investigating academic collocations included in research abstracts submitted by Egyptian medical authors at one of the top-graded faculties of medicine in Egypt. Retrieved collocations are based on reference to the Academic Collocation List (Ackermann & Chen, 2013) which comprises 2,468 academic multi-words. Secondly, it provides a sectionally-structured corpus of medical abstracts that take into the rhetorical moves: introduction, background, methods, results, and conclusion. Methodologically, the researcher collected 795 medical abstracts from one of the top-graded medical journals in Egypt (Menoufia Medical Journal) which were published over six years (2013-2018). The corpus data renders 216,842 words cross-sectionally annotated and properly parsed by hand before having compiled into 20 XML files that mark the corresponding number of publication issues. Results illustrate the NNS tendency of including immensely collocations of statistical connotations rather than the purely medical ones, such as statistically significant, positive correlation and significant increase. Further, Egyptian authors use 150 unique academic collocations in reference to the recognized academic collocations; only 32 items (with frequencies greater than 4), though, are considered habitual to the NNS writings (roughly 1.2%). Lexico-grammatically, however, research outcomes conform with the literature in terms of the heavy use of forms of nominalization (i.e. adjective+noun and noun+noun collocations). Through, examining the academic lexical collocations in the most vital parts of research articles (i.e. abstracts), consequential implications on the EAP & ERPP pedagogical spectrum would impact the quality of future medical research work presented to the international medical society
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusIn preparation - 2019

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