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The Discourse Functions of Metadiscourse in Published Academic Writing: Issues of Culture and Language1

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Carmen Pérez-Llantada

University of Zaragoza, ES
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Taking the non-integrative approach to metadiscourse (Ädel 2006; 2008), this paper carries out a cross-cultural and cross-linguistic analysis of text- and participant-oriented metadiscourse in two rhetorically forceful research article sections (Introductions and Discussions). Results show that, across cultures, the average frequencies of the two types of metadiscourse are relatively similar in the two article sections. Findings also show that the micro-level discourse functions of these metadiscourse types seem to concentrate in specific information moves in these sections, suggestive of shared uniform conventions for academic writing across cultures and languages. The exploration of metadiscourse further reveals several culture- and language-specific traits regarding preferred lexicogrammatical realisations of metadiscourse units, different preferences for personal/impersonal metadiscourse types as well as different textual developments for constructing arguments.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.35360/njes.217
How to Cite: Pérez-Llantada, C., 2010. The Discourse Functions of Metadiscourse in Published Academic Writing: Issues of Culture and Language1. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 9(2), pp.41–68. DOI: http://doi.org/10.35360/njes.217
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Published on 04 May 2010.

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