A Multi-Perspective Analysis of Abstract Nouns in English Academic Discourse
Abstract: It is widely known that abstract nouns, being general and unspecific in meaning, often occur in academic discourse，expressing complicated ideas and contents. In addition, they are often used to construct the writer’s arguments in academic discourse, which is vital for the knowledge accumu-lation. However, despite the above mentioned high frequency and significance of abstract nouns in English academic discourse, the research on these nouns, compared with that on other linguistic features or devices, is still far lacking both home and abroad. Therefore, this paper, based on the relevant theories and previous studies, intends to give a complete description and explanation of this type of nouns from the perspectives of textual cohesion, cognition and evaluation. With exam-ples selected from research papers in different fields, the analysis demonstrates clearly the varied functions they perform in academic discourse. It is hoped that such exploration will not only further our understanding of abstract nouns in English, but also contribute to better academic writing of EFL students in China.
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