Metadiscourse choices in EAP: An intra-journal study of JEAP

Hyland, Ken and Jiang, Feng Kevin (2022) Metadiscourse choices in EAP: An intra-journal study of JEAP. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 60. ISSN 1475-1585

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Interest in language variation is a staple of English for Academic Purposes research and underpins its distinctive character as a field of inquiry. It is the specific nature of language use which defines EAP, yet this definition has been established almost entirely on the basis of inter-discoursal studies, with comparisons of register, genre, discipline, first language, etc. dominating our understanding. In this paper we take a different approach and focus on variation within the field, and specifically within its flagship journal, JEAP. Categorising every paper between volume 1 and 52 as principally taking a textual, critical, contextual or pedagogical orientation, we explore writers’ preferences for metadiscourse use. The differences which emerge can be attributed to the argumentation preferences of sub-fields and their knowledge-making practices. The findings offer evidence of intra-disciplinary variation in discoursal preferences and hopefully contribute to our understanding of both the journal and our field.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Language in Education
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 11:30
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 01:10
DOI: 10.1016/j.jeap.2022.101165


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