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Discourse Classification Into Rhetorical Functions For Awe Feedback, Elena Cotos, Nick Pendar Jan 2016

Discourse Classification Into Rhetorical Functions For Awe Feedback, Elena Cotos, Nick Pendar

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This paper reports on the development of the analysis engine for the Research Writing Tutor (RWT), an AWE program designed to provide genre and discipline-specific feedback on the functional units of research article discourse. Unlike traditional NLP-based applications that categorize complete documents, RWT’s analyzer categorizes every sentence in the text as both a communicative move and a rhetorical step. We describe the construction of a cascade of two support vector machine classifiers trained on a multi-disciplinary corpus of annotated Introduction texts. This work not only demonstrates the usefulness of NLP for automated genre analysis, but also paves the road ...


Studying Disciplinary Corpora To Teach The Craft Of Discussion, Elena Cotos, Stephanie Link, Sarah Rebecca Huffman Jan 2016

Studying Disciplinary Corpora To Teach The Craft Of Discussion, Elena Cotos, Stephanie Link, Sarah Rebecca Huffman

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Producing publishable quality research articles is a difficult task for novice scholarly writers. Particularly challenging is writing the Discussion/Conclusion section, which requires taking evaluative and interpretive stances on obtained results and substantiating claims regarding the worth of the scholarly contribution of the article to scientific knowledge. Conforming to the expectations of the target disciplinary community adds another dimension to the challenge. Corpus-based genre analysis can foster postgraduate writing instruction by providing insightful descriptions of rhetorical patterns and variation in disciplinary discourse. This paper introduces a pedagogically-oriented cross-disciplinary model of moves and steps devised through top-down corpus analysis. The model ...