A Comparative Study of Boosters between Genders in the Introduction Section

Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number1 March 2021

12 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2021

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Mazlin Mohamed Mokhtar

Sultan Idris Education University - Faculty of Languages and Communication

Harwati Hashim

National University of Malaysia (UKM) - Faculty of Education

Puteri Zarina Megat Khalid

Sultan Idris Education University - Faculty of Languages and Communication

Intan Safinas Mohd Ariff Albakri

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris

Norfaizah Abdul Jobar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

Although there are several studies conducted by linguistics researchers on the differences between the linguistic styles of female and male writers, there are not many studies conducted on the use of boosters in academic writing. Boosters are used to convince and emphasize statements made. This study analyzes the regularity of boosters used in the Introduction section of Ten Research Articles (RAs). The influence of gender differences in the use of specific boosters will also be looked at. A document analysis method was chosen as the 10 RAs were analyzed as the corpus in this study. The findings showed that male writers used more boosters than female writers. Even though the number of words for the female writers was more than the male writers, it did not affect the number of boosters used in the Introduction section of those articles. In conclusion, it can be deduced from the analysis that both the female and male writers used boosters to highlight their claims or their beliefs regardless of their gender, while the use of boosters was more evident among the male RAs as the male writers seemed to be more direct in illustrating and mentioning their claims.

Keywords: belief, boosters, gender, solidarity

Suggested Citation

Mohamed Mokhtar, Mazlin and Hashim, Harwati and Zarina Megat Khalid, Puteri and Safinas Mohd Ariff Albakri, Intan and Abdul Jobar, Norfaizah, A Comparative Study of Boosters between Genders in the Introduction Section (2021). Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 12. Number1 March 2021 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3826866

Mazlin Mohamed Mokhtar (Contact Author)

Sultan Idris Education University - Faculty of Languages and Communication ( email )

Malaysia

Harwati Hashim

National University of Malaysia (UKM) - Faculty of Education ( email )

Bangi
Selangor
Malaysia

Puteri Zarina Megat Khalid

Sultan Idris Education University - Faculty of Languages and Communication

Intan Safinas Mohd Ariff Albakri

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris ( email )

TG.MALIM - PERAK
Tanjong Malim, PA Perak 35900
Malaysia

Norfaizah Abdul Jobar

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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