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Table 3 Top ten most frequent content words in the SoP corpora

From: Disciplinary variations in academic promotional writing: the case of statements of purpose

  The Arts Division The Science Division
Humanities Business Social Science Engineering Science
1 Chinese (162) social (67) social (93) research (105) research (140)
2 language (113) knowledge (66) China (92) engineering (94) study (80)
3 culture (109) university (64) research (84) university (86) university (75)
4 English (101) study (63) media (70) knowledge (59) engineering (61)
5 teaching (75) management (60) communication (62) study (58) knowledge (61)
6 university (68) China (52) study (61) time (51) project (56)
7 China (66) financial (51) university (60) design (48) program (53)
8 literature (65) research (50) work (59) system (48) science (50)
9 study (65) program (48) Chinese (54) work (47) computer (46)
10 research (64) work (48) school (45) project (46) experience (39)
  1. Note: numbers in brackets are the words’ raw frequencies