Document Type : Original Article


English Department, Faculty of Foreign Languages, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran


Current advances in computer technology and the pervasive use of computers in professional or educational activities have greatly influenced EFL students' academic lives. For most academic or professional requirements, they need to read through hypertexts. This raises the demand for meticulous examination of how this new development can be handled most effectively by EFL readers. Meanwhile, genre analysis has been introduced as an effective means which provides EFL students with frameworks within which they can improve their reading and writing abilities (Paltridge, 1994, 1996; Goodmacher, 1996; and Henry & Rosebury, 1998). Since on-line academic or professional texts increasingly tend to appear in hypertext environment, this study attempted to investigate such texts in terms of their move schemata and hyperlinks in order to see whether there is any relationship between hyperlinks and the places of move shifts. For this purpose, the introduction sections of thirty professional articles presented in hypertext were examined in terms of their hyperlinks and move patterns. The results revealed no relationship between the segmentation of texts at hyperlinks and the places of move shifts; in other words, hyperlinks did not occur at the places of move segmentations. It also revealed that the number of hyperlinks both to other articles and to other sections within the same article is far more than the number of the constituent moves in hypertext articles.