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Table 3 Moves and relative textual space across three proposals

From: An exploratory genre analysis of three graduate degree research proposals in applied linguistics

Moves Textual space of move
P1 P2 P3 Avg
Move 1 Establishing a territory 27 % 32 % 80 % 46 %
 Strategy 1  Claiming centrality
and/or a
5 2  
 Strategy 2  Making topic generalizations 3 7  
 Strategy 3  Reviewing items of previous research 34 35  
 Strategy 4  Stating personal interest 14  
Move 2 Establishing a niche 11 % 16 % 0 % 9 %
 Strategy 1  Indicating a gap 14 11  
Move 3 Occupying the niche 17 % 30 % 16 % 21 %
 Strategy 1  Outlining purposes 14 17 9  
 Strategy 2  Spelling out contribution/significance of proposed research 8 4  
Move 4 Establishing theoretical basis 9 % 0 % 0 % 3 %
 Strategy 1  Reviewing literature relevant to theory 1  
 Strategy 2  Defining theory 2  
 Strategy 3  Explaining theory 9  
Move 5 Spelling out methodology 34 % 12 % 2 % 16 %
 Strategy 1  Delimiting the scope of study 2  
 Strategy 2  Defining terms 10  
 Strategy 3  Describing data 1  
 Strategy 4  Describing subjects 10  
 Strategy 5  Describing experiment 12  
 Strategy 6  Describing analytical procedure 9 6  
 Strategy 7  Indicating analytical framework 1 1  
Move 6 Achieving closure 2 % 10 % 2 % 4.7 %
 Strategy 1  Reiterating purpose 1 1  
 Strategy 2  Restating significance of proposed research 6  
 Strategy 3  Indicating limitation of proposed research 3  
  1. aThe relationship between all strategies within moves in the present study is and/or