Las marcas lingüísticas de obligación en artículos de investigación en tres disciplinas

Research articles evidence a variety of linguistic and discourse phenomena such as deontic modality which has to do with ‘must be’. As a theoretical background, proposals by Thompson (1996), who studies modulation, as well as Halliday’s (1994) have been used. Our purpose was to analyze the ‘must be’...

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Main Author: Briceño Velazco, Yosely
Format: Artículo
Language: Español
Published: 2015
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Online Access: http://revistas.ucr.ac.cr/index.php/filyling/article/view/13086
http://hdl.handle.net/10669/14507
Summary: Research articles evidence a variety of linguistic and discourse phenomena such as deontic modality which has to do with ‘must be’. As a theoretical background, proposals by Thompson (1996), who studies modulation, as well as Halliday’s (1994) have been used. Our purpose was to analyze the ‘must be’ in education, botany and engineering with a special focus on article sections. The main units of analysis were the research article and its sections and the corpus was comprised of 249.098 words. Findings show variation in terms of a percentage of 69.12 linguistic marks of obligation found in education, 26.17% in engineering and 4.69 in botany. In education, such marks tend to appear in the Introduction (38.25%) and in Results (17.11%). In botany they are found mostly in the Introduction (2.01%) and in Conclusions (1.34%). In engineering, they appear in the Methods section (9.39%) and also in the Introduction (6.71%). These findings suggest that the function of obligation tends to be determined both by the specific discipline and the section of the article in which it appears.