In synthesizing the various types of research articles inherent to a Ph.D. program, this researcher has developed a qualitative measure of the linguistic approaches used by scholars in reporting their research. Please consider the following spectrum of language found in research reporting.
On one end of the spectrum, we have Malcolm X:
Brother Malcolm speaks in direct, concise language. His thoughts have an organized, accessible logic. This logic is informed with equal parts experience and extensive references to literature and research. He makes transparent adjustments to his prior conclusions and works to constantly improve his methods. Moreover, X demonstrates an empathy for his audience – a study of his delivery shows his commitment to engaging the recipients of his message.
For a clear anecdotal example, consider “The Bullet or the Ballot,” a speech that defines Brother Malcolm’s poise:
On the other end of the spectrum, we have Mojo Jo Jo:
Mojo Jo Jo uses endless pontification in reference to insignificant concepts. His purpose is finite: to take over the world and destroy all who oppose him – especially the Powerpuff Girls.
Here is a brief example of Mojo’s speech patterns:
The above video is salient to this researcher. The plot of the episode is that Mojo Jo Jo is sentenced to teach English as a New Language for his nefarious crimes. In doing so, he conditions his entire town to speak in his needlessly expanded language – language that he uses as evidence of his superior genius and onus to rule the world. Mojo has no regard for his audience or the quality of his presentation. Instead, he is obsessed with proving his own worth to the world.
By referring to the literature pertaining to the linguistic patterns of qualitative researchers, this educator hopes to demonstrate the applicability of this spectrum to the analysis of scholarly research.