Estudio transcultural de las funciones retóricas de las citas en el género académico de la memoria de máster
A cross-cultural study of the rhetorical functions of citations in the academic genre of master's thesis
This research arises from the interest in learning about the cultural differences in the use of citation of writers in the genre of master´s thesis writing. The citations are an essential element within the academic writing and play different rhetorical functions in each of the parts of academic work that help define its structure. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies were used to study this phenomenon. The results gathered in the research show that the differences between the theses studied in the Spanish group and in the Filipino group indicate general trends. They are evident both in quantitative form and in content. The highest number of citations and the greater length of the introductory and the concluding sections in the Filipino group evidently demonstrate a disparity in the rhetorical structure of the master´s thesis in both cultural conventions. Such difference is corroborated by the use of different rhetorical functions within the said two sections, reflecting therefore their distinct approaches to these two particular sections of academic work.