English and Serbian academic discourses analyzed in the light of ‘explicit reflexivity’ parameters

Slavka Blagojević

Abstract

The parameters of ‘explicit reflexivity’ have been used as an analytical tool for examining English and Serbian academic research articles in order to depict their characteristics concerning this language phenomenon. Since the employment of discourse reflexivity in academic writing is seen as the writer’s readiness to facilitate the readers’ path through the text, its presence in the two academic discourses will be interpreted in the light of Hinds’s language typology (1987), which distinguishes writing cultures with respect to the writer’s vs. the reader’s responsibility for successful written communication. Therefore, the degree of the writer’s awareness of his/her role in the process of communicating will be mirrored by the number of reflexive elements identified, and the two types of discourses will be described on the same basis.

Keywords

explicit reflexivity; academic writing; research articles; written communication

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