Genre analysis: the introduction section of two longer texts

Maria Lúcia Vasconcellos


Do introductions have a predictable structure? If they do, what is the rationale behind this organization? How is it patterned? In what ways is this pattern signaled on the surface linguistic features? With these questions in mind, I set out to examine the introduction section of two classic works in Translation Studies (Toury, 1980 and House, 1977) to investigate their structure, the rationale behind their
organization, as well as their communicative purpose and linguistic nature. For this investigation, a theoretical framework was needed within which to discuss the notion of genre and to describe the so called generic quality of introductions.


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