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Abstracts and Abstracting. A Genre and Set of Skills for the by Tibor Koltay (Auth.)

By Tibor Koltay (Auth.)

Regardless of their altering function, abstracts stay beneficial within the electronic international. hugely worthy to details execs and researchers who paintings and put up in numerous fields, this e-book summarizes an important and updated conception of abstracting, in addition to giving suggestion and examples for the perform of writing other forms of abstracts. The booklet discusses the size, the capabilities and easy constitution of abstracts, outlining a brand new method of informative and indicative abstracts. The abstractors' character, their linguistic and non-linguistic wisdom and abilities also are mentioned with exact attention.

  • Despite the quite huge variety of textbooks at the subject there is not any up to date ebook on abstracting within the English language
  • In addition to supplying a entire insurance of the subject, the proposed publication comprises novel perspectives - in particular on informative and indicative abstracts
  • The dialogue relies on an interdisciplinary process, mixing the equipment of library and knowledge technology and linguistics

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In practice, however, there are three: the indicative abstract; the informative abstract; the indicative-informative (mixed) abstract. While we will discuss these under separate headings, there will be, nonetheless, a constant need to make comparisons between them as their typology builds on both similarities and differences between the different types. In the introduction in Chapter 1, we have already mentioned practice-oriented online writing guides. When defining our concepts in Chapter 2, we also mentioned them.

Ashworth (1973) denies this and stresses that indicative and informative abstracts should be of different lengths. ) Similarly, Collison (1971) directs our attention to the fact that abstracts designed to be substitutes for the originals are longer than other abstracts. ) This is not the only question on which we can agree with Collison. He 34 The characteristics of the abstract states that the desirable length should allow the inclusion of the most important information in the original. The length of the original is undoubtedly a factor which should not be neglected.

In general, it is questionable if we can speak about original documents in the sense we did in the case of abstracts as executive summaries are almost inseparable and structural parts of their parent documents. 31 3 The characteristics of the abstract Successful abstractors possess a thorough knowledge of the characteristics of abstracts. To facilitate this, in this chapter we are going to address the important properties that all abstracts have. The opening subsections consider the length, function and types of abstracts.

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