Genre Formation in Contexts

A Cross-lingual Comparison of English MA Thesis Introductions


  • Yinghui Sun Beijing Normal University



context, cross-lingual analysis, genre formation, MA thesis introduction


This study explores how genre formation is influenced by contextual factors through a cross-lingual and -cultural comparison of three groups of texts. The corpus is from English MA thesis introductions in the field of linguistics and applied linguistics written by Chinese and Norwegian students in contrast to their English native counterparts, with 20 texts from each group. Following Swales’ CARS model of move and step analysis, the study reveals some interesting features and tendencies among the three groups in their text construction. It concludes that genre formation is an ongoing process influenced by linguistic, social, cultural and other contextual factors.

Author Biography

Yinghui Sun, Beijing Normal University

Yinghui Sun is Ph.D., Professor, School of Foreign Languages and Literature, Beijing Normal University, China. Her main research areas include functional linguistics, literacy studies, English language teaching, and teacher education.


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How to Cite

Sun, Y. (2015). Genre Formation in Contexts: A Cross-lingual Comparison of English MA Thesis Introductions. Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 10(3), 295–311.