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Linguistic structures and functions of thesis and dissertation titles in Dentistry

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dc.contributor.author Morales, Oscar Alberto
dc.contributor.author Perdomo, Bexi
dc.contributor.author Cassany, Daniel
dc.contributor.author Tovar, Rosa María
dc.contributor.author Izarra, Élix
dc.date.accessioned 2021-03-11T09:09:58Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.citation Morales OA, Perdomo B, Cassany D, Tovar RM, Izarra E. Linguistic structures and functions of thesis and dissertation titles in dentistry. Lebende Sprachen. 2020;65(1):49-73. DOI: 10.1515/les-2020-0003
dc.identifier.issn 0023-9909
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/46726
dc.description.abstract Titles play an important role in genre analysis. Cross-genre studies show that research paper and thesis titles have distinctive features. However, thesis and dissertation titles in the field of dentistry have thus far received little attention. Objective: To analyze the syntactic structures and their functions in English-language thesis and dissertation titles in dentistry. Methodology: We randomly chose 413 titles of English-language dentistry theses or dissertations presented at universities in 12 countries between January 2000 and June 2019. The resulting corpus of 5,540 running words was then analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively, the two complementary focuses being grammatical structures and their functions. Results: The average title length was 13.4 words. Over half of the titles did not include any punctuation marks. For compound titles, we found that colons, dashes, commas, and question marks were used to separate the different components, colons being the most frequent. Four syntactic structures (nominal phrase, gerund phrase, full-sentence, and prepositional phrase) were identified for single-unit titles. Single-unit nominal phrase titles constituted the most frequent structure in the corpus, followed by compound titles. Four particular rhetorical combinations of compound title components were found to be present throughout the corpus. Conclusions: Titles of dentistry theses and dissertation in English echo the content of the text body and make an important contribution to fulfilling the text’s communicative purposes. Thus, teaching research students about the linguistic features of thesis titles would be beneficial to help them write effective titles and also facilitate assessment by teachers.
dc.description.sponsorship This research project received funding from the Scientific, Humanistic, Technological and Arts Development Council of the Universidad de Los Andes (ULA), in Mérida, Venezuela, code O-307-15-06-A, and from the Carolina Foundation, with a postdoctoral fellowship at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain, 2017–2018.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher De Gruyter
dc.relation.ispartof Lebende Sprachen. 2020;65(1):49-73
dc.rights © De Gruyter Published version available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/les-2020-0003
dc.title Linguistic structures and functions of thesis and dissertation titles in Dentistry
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/les-2020-0003
dc.subject.keyword Dentistry
dc.subject.keyword Dissertation titles
dc.subject.keyword Lexico-grammatical analysis
dc.subject.keyword Linguistic structure
dc.subject.keyword Thesis titles
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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