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GARCIA N., Ma. Marta; HALL, Beatriz  y  MARIN, Marta. Ambiguity, abstraction, and polyphony in academic discourse: Interpretation of nominalizations. Rev. signos [online]. 2005, vol.38, n.57, pp.49-60. ISSN 0718-0934.

This paper focuses on the analysis of nominalization, whose function and frequency we well-known in academic texts. Nominalizations are ambiguous complex concept conglomerates, real obstacle in the task of inexperienced readers. And they are even more difficult to understand when they operate anaphorically as categorizations. Or even more when the speaker’s point of view is set apart from the points of view conveyed by the nominalization. In this paper, we study the result of tests applied to 75 college and university students of Buenos Aires City, quantitatively and qualitatively in order to assess the incidence of these factors in the comprehension of academic texts. We conclude that the understanding of these noun conglomerates not only presupposes the readers to handle the procedures of cohesion but also requires the knowledge of their categorizing function and the polyphonic argumentative configuration they generate in discourse mostly when -as we discuss here- the speaker’s point of view challenges doxic normative discourse

Palabras clave : Academic discourse; nominalization; understanding; categorization; polyphonic argumentative configuration.

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