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Metadiscursive Practices in Introductions: Phraseology and Semantic Sequences across Genres

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Marina Bondi

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, IT
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The study of metadiscursive practices is particularly fruitful in introductory part-genres where the representation of disciplinary discursive procedures plays a major role for the discourse community. The main aim of this paper is to investigate the ways in which some English metadiscursive expressions (forms of self-mention and illocution markers in particular) are used to offer a representation of academic argument in different genres. The paper concentrates on the representation of discourse procedures in introductory moves, looking in particular at how economists identify their research purposes and their discourse space, while providing a definition of their topic or contextualizing their research in current debates. The study is based on two small corpora of article introductions and textbook introductions. The approach adopted looks at phraseology as a perspective integrating meaning, form and function. The phraseological patterns identified are analyzed as sequences of semantic units—involving reference to a textual source, a discourse procedure and a cognitive construct. Cross-generic variation highlights a different lexical range and different lexical combinations in the two corpora examined. This is interpreted in terms of the ethos of the discourse community and the different role played by argument in the two genres.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.35360/njes.219
How to Cite: Bondi, M., 2010. Metadiscursive Practices in Introductions: Phraseology and Semantic Sequences across Genres. Nordic Journal of English Studies, 9(2), pp.99–123. DOI: http://doi.org/10.35360/njes.219
Published on 04 May 2010.

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