“Although if is more frequent than whether…”: An Analysis of the Uses of Adverbial Clauses in Philippine English Research

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“Although if is more frequent than whether…”: An Analysis of the Uses of Adverbial Clauses in Philippine English Research

 Author

Leah. E. Gustilo. 

De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines

 

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the distribution and the functions of the semantic classes of adverbial clauses in the different organizational sections of L2 research articles in the field of applied linguistics and language teaching. Compared with nouns and verbs, the study of adverbs and adverbials is less popular because of the

notion that they are not the main elements of sentence meaning. However, adverbs and adverbials are significant because of the roles they play in discourse. This study used 20 research articles selected from four journals and a book, which contained research papers written by Filipino authors. The clauses were manually marked and classified according to their semantic classes, and were counted

separately according to the four conventional organizational units identified: Introduction, Methodology, Results and Discussion, and Conclusion/Recommendations (I-M-R-C). Then their functions in the findings is the high incidence of condition and cause clauses in the introduction and results and discussion sections. In the introduction, it is extensively used to establish the research territory; while in the results and discussion section, it plays a role in the explanation of research findings. It is recommended that more studies be undertaken such that the uses of adverbial clauses in different genres of discourse can be investigated and comparisons of findings can be made across genres and across languages.

Key words:– adverbial clauses, applied linguistics and language teaching

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