Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 4 December 2023                       Pp. 372-383

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 A Review of Genre Analysis of Academic Writings 

Wang, P. F.
  Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Languages and Communication
Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia 

Puteri Zarina, M. K.
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Languages and Communication
Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia
Corresponding Author:

 Haddi, J. K.
Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Languages and Communication
Sultan Idris Education University


Received:08/21/2023                     Accepted:12/03/2023                  Published: 12/15/2023


Genre analysis has emerged as a crucial tool in deciphering and delineating the linguistic features of scholarly research articles. This article presents a comprehensive review of genre analysis in relation to academic writings, with a specific focus on research articles. By scrutinizing the structural components and rhetorical conventions manifested in academic discourse, genre analysis offers a framework for categorizing linguistic characteristics and communicative strategies employed in diverse genres. This review explores the application of genre analysis to thesis abstracts and presents case studies showcasing its implementation across various disciplines. Additionally, it discusses the challenges encountered in applying genre analysis to thesis abstracts. The article concludes by highlighting future directions for genre analysis in the context of thesis abstracts, emphasizing the significance of continued research and development in this area. Overall, this review contributes to the comprehension and advancement of genre analysis in academic writing, particularly in the realm of research articles and thesis abstracts.
Keywords: genre analysis, academic writings, thesis abstracts, rhetorical conventions

Cite as: Wang, P. F., Puteri Zarina, M. K., & Haddi, J. K. (2023). A Review of Genre Analysis of Academic Writings.
Arab World English Journal, 14 (4): 372-383.


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Received: 08/21/2023 
Accepted: 12/03/2023  
Published: 12/15/2023 

Peifeng Wang, Ph.D. Candidate, Faculty of Language and Communication, Sultan Idris Education University, Perak, Malaysia. Among her research interests are TESL, discourse analysis, translation, intercultural communication and English language learning ORCID:

Dr. Puteri Zarina is a senior lecturer currently attached to Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia. Among her research interests are TESL, discourse analysis, TVET, ESP, and Systemic Functional Linguistics. She received her Ph. D. in English Language from University of Glasgow, Scotland. ORCID: 0000-0002-9296-8662

Haddi is a lecturer from the Faculty of Languages and Communication, Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia. His research interests are language acquisition, language learning strategies , and language policies. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Language Policies. ORCID: