A Discourse Analysis of Rhetorical Style in Research Article Introduction in Law Studies Written by International Authors


  • Ejontomi Afrizon University of Bengkulu
  • Safnil Safnil University of Bengkulu
  • Zahrida University of Bengkulu


Research article introduction, rhetorical style, international authors, law study


This research is aimed at finding the most dominant move, step and the most common pattern of rhetorical style in Research Article Introduction in Law Studies Written by International Authors. The documentation technique and checklist were used in this research. Fifteen English RA introductions by International authors were analyzed by using discourse analysis technique, using quantitative as well as qualitative method and following Swales’ CARS Model (1990). The results show that the authors dominantly use Move 1 (Establishing a territory) and Step 2 of Move 1 (Making Topic Generalization). The fifteen articles mostly have the same model in leading to understanding to the article introduction. In addition, International authors of English RAs in Law Study prefer describing the phenomena and found the problem based on it to describing the previous research. The most common pattern is Complete Pattern. The articles which belong to Complete Pattern have three moves. While the one which has two moves belong to Semi complete and the one which has one move only belong to incomplete pattern. In conclusion, the articles in the three journals are categorized into appropriate articles in term of discourse structure.


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