Hypes in undergraduate thesis abstracts by Indonesian students across years

Discourse and Interaction 1 2024


Previous studies showed that as a result of intense competition to succeed in academic pursuits such as publishing research papers and securing grants, promotional language known as hypes are pervasive in academic texts. This paper investigates hypes in a corpus of undergraduate thesis abstracts written by Indonesian English learners in a span of ten years, from 2011 to 2020. Taking a corpus-based approach, it examines the extent to which hypes are used in the thesis abstracts, including their linguistic manifestations, frequencies over the years, and the values they promote. We found hypes in all five moves of thesis abstracts, but they were most frequent in the introduction, in which they emphasized the importance and novelty of the research and stress the urgency of the research problems. In the span of the ten years, the frequencies of hypes generally increase, indicating the students’ awareness of the need to convince thesis supervisors, board of examiners, and their colleagues and the efforts to stand out in a competitive academic landscape. Important, investigate, and reveal were the most frequent hype words over the years and their instances suggest a growing emphasis on significance, a stronger commitment to evidence-based research, and desire to contribute new and concrete findings.

hypes; promotional language; thesis abstracts; Indonesian learners; EFL writers
Author biographies

Cita Nuary Ishak

Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia

Cita Nuary Ishak is a student of English Language Education, Graduate Program, Universitas Negeri Malang. Her research interests include English for Academic Purposes and EFL writing. Currently, she focuses on the analysis of promotional language in English learners’ academic texts.

Address: Cita Nuary Ishak, Fakultas Sastra, Jalan Semarang No.5, Sumbersari, Kec. Lowokwaru, Kota Malang, Jawa Timur 65145. [email: cita@polinema.ac.id]

Yazid Basthomi

Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia

Yazid Basthomi (Corresponding author) is a faculty member at the Department of English, Faculty of Letters, Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia. A Fulbrighter, he spent a stint of pre-doctoral research at the English Language Institute, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, USA. His educational backgrounds and research interests have led him to work in the area of applied linguistics leading to his professorship.

Address: Yazid Basthomi, Fakultas Sastra, Jalan Semarang No.5, Sumbersari, Kec. Lowokwaru, Kota Malang, Jawa Timur 65145. [email: ybasthomi@um.ac.id]

Nurenzia Yannuar

Universitas Negeri Malang, Indonesia

Nurenzia Yannuar received her doctoral degree in Linguistics from Leiden University in 2019. She has widely published on youth language practices spoken in Indonesia, colloquial Indonesian, perceptual dialectology, World Englishes and translation, among other topics. She has taught a variety of courses in Malang (Indonesia), Leiden, and The Hague (The Netherlands).

Address: Nurenzia Yannuar, Fakultas Sastra, Jalan Semarang No.5, Sumbersari, Kec. Lowokwaru, Kota Malang, Jawa Timur 65145. [email: nurenzia.yannuar.fs@um.ac.id]


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