International Journal of Academic Research and Development

International Journal of Academic Research and Development


International Journal of Academic Research and Development
International Journal of Academic Research and Development
Vol. 1, Issue 8 (2016)

Use of hedging in students’ seminar abstract


Alhaji Malah Galti, Babakura Mamman, Clifford Irikefe Gbeyonron, Usman Abubakar Alkali

Postgraduate students most often are required to have a seminar class which enables them to be exposed to some of advanced academic writing. One of the things they need to write is an abstract. This is a way of condensing and packing a whole writing in one paragraph considering the basic components of the research work (research article, seminar paper, or thesis). Though, many researchers analysed and examined a rhetorical structure of research article, which abstract is an important part, but every few examine the use of hedging in students’ abstract writings. Therefore, this paper analyse and identify the use of hedging in some selected students’ abstract focusing on the five taxonomy of hedging by Salager-Meyer (1994). Nine postgraduate students’ abstract were selected and analysed to identify and classify the hedging used. The findings revealed that the postgraduate students seems to be employing the five taxonomy of hedging in their abstract, except the for Author’s reaction type of hedging.

Pages : 04-07