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      Mitigation of claims in medical research papers: A comparative study of English- and Spanish-language writers

      Communication & Medicine
      Equinox Publishing

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          Abstract

          This study identifies variation in the use of mitigation devices in medical written English between authors with English as their first language and those with Spanish as their first language. A corpus of 30 medical research papers written in English and published in international journals was compiled, 15 by researchers with Spanish as their first language and 15 by native English-speakers, and this was compared with a second corpus of 15 medical papers written in Spanish. By a comparative analysis of how mitigation devices were used in both corpora, it was possible to establish whether their frequency and the rhetorical strategies adopted varied depending on the writer’s linguistic background.

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          Journal
          Communication & Medicine
          CAM
          Equinox Publishing
          1612-1783
          1613-3625
          June 16 2017
          February 13 2017
          : 13
          : 3
          : 249-261
          Article
          10.1558/cam.28424
          92fd87dc-dcce-4372-a22f-1efd43192ba5
          © 2017
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