Text-organizing metadiscourse: Tracking changes in rhetorical persuasion

Hyland, Ken and Jiang, Fang (Kevin) (2020) Text-organizing metadiscourse: Tracking changes in rhetorical persuasion. Journal of Historical Pragmatics, 21 (1). 138–165. ISSN 1566-5852

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Interest in pragmatic aspects of historical texts have now extended to look at diachronic change, but studies tracing how academic texts have responded to recent developments in publishing practices are rare. In this paper we look at the pragmatic concept of interaction and how the writer’s understanding of readers as expressed through metadiscourse may have changed over the past 50 years. Focusing on the reader-focused, text-organising interactive features of metadiscourse, rather than on stance-taking elements, we explore how academic authors signal purposes, clarify concepts, support ideas and make connections to assist readers to better understand a text and recover the writer’s intentions. Based on 2.2 million words from articles in the top journals in four disciplines we show how interactive metadiscourse has changed in recent years. The results show a considerable increase in an orientation to the reader over this period, reflecting changes in both research and publication practices.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: academic writing,metadiscourse
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 15:31
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2020 23:45
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/69402

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