Metadiscourse: the evolution of an approach to texts

Hyland, Ken and Jiang, Feng (Kevin) (2022) Metadiscourse: the evolution of an approach to texts. Text and Talk. ISSN 1860-7330

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Metadiscourse is the commentary on a text made by its producer in the course of speaking or writing, revealing something of how communication involves the personalities, attitudes and assumptions of those who are communicating. It offers a framework for understanding communication as social engagement and helps reveal how writers and speakers consider their audience in creating texts. This paper uses a bibliometric analysis to trace the growing interest in metadiscourse since its early incarnations in the 1980s. To do so we analysed all 431 papers relating to metadiscourse in the core collection of the Web of Science between 1983 and 2020, dividing the corpus into two periods following the massive increase in interest after 2006. We identify which topics have been most prevalent, which authors and publications most influential and which disciplines and journals most active in citing the metadiscourse literature. The findings show the importance of academic and business writing, cross-disciplinary, language and genre studies, and the increasing predominance of an interpersonal model. These findings may be of interest to those working in discourse analysis and the study of social interaction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bibliometrics,metadiscourse,metadiscourse authors,metadiscourse publications,metadiscourse research,language and linguistics,communication,philosophy,linguistics and language ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1200/1203
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Language in Education
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2022 04:10
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2023 01:38
DOI: 10.1515/text-2021-0156

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