“In this paper we suggest”: Changing patterns of disciplinary metadiscourse

Hyland, Ken and Jiang, Feng (Kevin) (2018) “In this paper we suggest”: Changing patterns of disciplinary metadiscourse. English for Specific Purposes, 51. pp. 18-30. ISSN 0889-4906

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Metadiscourse is the commentary on a text made by its producer in the course of speaking or writing. Here we take an interpersonal perspective, focusing on metadiscourse as a repertoire of resources available for writers to organise a discourse or their stance towards its content or the reader. In this paper we explore whether, and to what extent, metadiscourse has changed in professional writing in different disciplines over the past 50 years. Extending our diachronic work analysing a corpus of 2.2 million words from articles in the top journals in four disciplines, we show there has been a significant increase in interactive features and a significant decrease in interactional types. Surprisingly, interactional metadiscourse shows a marked decline in the discursive soft knowledge fields and a substantial increase in the science subjects.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic writing,metadiscourse,diachronic change
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2018 13:30
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 03:34
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/66279
DOI: 10.1016/j.esp.2018.02.001


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