Self-mention in scientific articles written by Turkish and non-Turkish authors


Akdeniz Language Studies Conference, Antalya, Turkey, 9 - 12 May 2012, vol.70, pp.305-322 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 70
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2013.01.068
  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.305-322
  • Keywords: First person pronouns, Semantic references, Socio-pragmatic functions, Self-mention, Depersonalization, Academic writing, CORPUS
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


This study explored the distribution and frequency of first person pronouns, particularly the use of "I" and "we" perspective, through comparative qualitative and quantitative analysis of 20 articles written by Turkish authors in English, and 20 articles written by non-Turkish authors in English. All articles were randomly selected from one specific English Language Teaching (ELT) Journal. Results indicated that both Turkish and non-Turkish authors mostly preferred to employ the inclusive "we" perspective instead of the "I" perspective in their academic writing. Depersonalization strategies such as the use of passive constructions were mostly observed in the articles written by the Turkish authors. (C) 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd.