Torubarova I.I. 'Academicity' of Russian Research Medical Texts: Specific Aspects of Manifestation


Irina I. Torubarova

Senior Lecturer, Foreign Languages Department, Voronezh N.N. Burdenko State Medical University

Studencheskaya St, 10, 394036 Voronezh, Russia

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Abstract. The article discusses specific aspects of scientific papers on medical research. The author supposes that in the Russian scientific discourse on medicine its specificity is manifested in the combination of lexical, grammatical and stylistic means, their coordination in the text is considered as one basic property of research paper genre in medical discourse, named 'akademisity'. Having analyzed the medical corpus (full-text medical articles published in the peer-reviewed scientific and practical journal "Bulletin of Siberian Medicine"), the researcher determined the coefficient of lexical diversity, lexical, grammatical and stylistic means of 'akademisity'. Quantitative analysis of these parameters shows that Russian-language texts demonstrate a higher coefficient of lexical diversity and contain more unique lexemes compared to texts of the English-language corpus. Scientific papers are characterized by a relatively low level of the use of first-person pronouns, which indicates that the researchers' position is not actively expressed in the papers. Other aspects that are considered to be manifestations of the academic style in the texts of the Russian-speaking authors are as follows: the use of a significant number of adjectives and international character of the texts due to the presence of a large number of cognate words. In general, it is noted that academic style is manifested at all levels of text organization. The research results have certain practical application, since the knowledge of the properties of the academic style will help healthcare professionals to create high-quality articles for presentation of the results of their research.

Key words: genre characteristic (akademisity), scientific medical text, linguistic analysis, special vocabulary, passive syntactic structure, introductory words, verb constructions.

Citation. Torubarova I.I. 'Akademisity' of Russian Research Medical Papers: Means of Realization and Specific Aspects of Manifestation. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 2. Yazykoznanie [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. Linguistics], 2020, vol. 19, no. 5, pp. 61-73. (in Russian). DOI:

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