9780230224544

Writing an Applied Linguistics Thesis or Dissertation A Guide to Presenting Empirical Research

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  • ISBN13:

    9780230224544

  • ISBN10:

    0230224547

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/15/2010
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

This step by step guide looks at how to organise the content and structure of a thesis. Each chapter considers a different section and discusses the relevant function, content and linguistic characteristics. Providing worked analysis of an example text, it includes exercises to help students practically apply the information.

Author Biography

JOHN BITCHENER is Associate Professor of Applied Language Studies at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand.  He is the Programme Leader of Postgraduate Research Studies and President of the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand. 

Table of Contents

Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. x
Backgroundp. 1
What is the book about?p. 1
Who is the book for?p. 1
Why has the book been written?p. 2
How does the book meet the content, structure, linguistic and presentational needs of students?p. 3
How is the book organized?p. 5
What is the sample masters thesis about and why has it been selected?p. 6
How can this book be used?p. 7
Furthe readingp. 8
Abstractp. 10
Introductionp. 10
The functions of a thesis abstractp. 10
The content and structure of a thesis abstractp. 11
Analysis of a Masters thesis abstractp. 12
Analysis of a Doctoral thesis abstractp. 23
A key linguistic feature of a thesis abstractp. 30
Frequently asked questionsp. 31
Further activitiesp. 32
Further readingp. 33
Introductionp. 34
Introductionp. 34
The functions of a thesis introductionp. 34
The content and structure of a thesis introductionp. 35
Analysis of a Masters thesis introductionp. 36
Some key linguistics features of a thesis introductionp. 48
Frequently asked questionsp. 55
Further activitiesp. 57
Further readingp. 57
Literature Reviewp. 59
Introductionp. 59
The functions of a thesis literature reviewp. 59
The content and structure of a thesis literature reviewp. 61
Conclusion of the literature reviewp. 91
Some key linguistic features of thesis literature reviews and approaches to processing the literaturep. 96
Frequently asked questionsp. 105
Further activitiesp. 106
Further readingp. 109
Methodologyp. 110
Introductionp. 110
The functions of a thesis methodology chapterp. 110
The content and structure of a thesis methodology chapterp. 111
Sample analysis of WTC thesis methodology chapterp. 113
Some key linguistic features of a thesis methodology chapterp. 138
Frequently asked questionsp. 140
Further activitiesp. 142
Further readingp. 143
Resultsp. 145
Introductionp. 145
The functions of a thesis results chapterp. 145
The content and structure of a thesis results chapterp. 146
Sample analysis of a Masters thesis results chapterp. 147
Quantitative resultsp. 148
Some key linguistic and presentation features of a thesis results chapterp. 168
Frequently asked questionsp. 172
Further activitiesp. 173
Further readingp. 177
Discussion of Resultsp. 178
Introductionp. 178
The functions of a thesis discussion of resultsp. 179
The content and structure of a thesis discussion of resultsp. 179
Sample analysis of a Masters thesis discussion of resultsp. 181
Some key linguistic features of a thesis discussion of resultsp. 192
Frequently asked questionsp. 193
Further activitiesp. 194
Further readingp. 196
Conclusionp. 197
Introductionp. 197
The functions of a thesis conclusionp. 197
The content and structure of a thesis conclusionp. 198
Sample analysis of a Masters thesis conclusionp. 199
Some key linguistic features of a thesis conclusionp. 209
Frequently asked questionsp. 211
Further activitiesp. 211
Further readingp. 212
Appendixp. 213
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