Metadiscourse / Edition 1

Metadiscourse / Edition 1

by Ken Hyland
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826476104

ISBN-13: 9780826476104

Pub. Date: 09/12/2005

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

This book addresses an important aspect of how language is used in written communication: the ways that writers reflect on their texts to refer to themselves, their readers or the text itself. This is known as METADISCOURSE.

Metadiscourse is a key resource in language, as it allows the writer to engage with readers in familiar and expected ways. Writers use

Overview

This book addresses an important aspect of how language is used in written communication: the ways that writers reflect on their texts to refer to themselves, their readers or the text itself. This is known as METADISCOURSE.

Metadiscourse is a key resource in language, as it allows the writer to engage with readers in familiar and expected ways. Writers use the devices of metadiscourse to adjust the level of personality in their texts, to offer a representation of themselves and their arguments. This helps the reader organise, interpret and evaluate the information presented in the text. Metadiscourse is therefore crucial to successful communication.

Knowing how to identify metadiscourse as a reader is a key skill to be learnt by students of discourse analysis. Learning how to use metadiscourse in writing is an important tool for students of academic writing in both the L1 and L2 context.

This book has four main purposes:

- to provide an accessible introduction to metadiscourse, discussing its role and importance in written communication and reviewing current thinking on the topic.
- to explore examples of metadiscourse in a range of texts from business, academic, journalistic, and student writing
- to offer a new theory of metadiscourse
- to show the relevance of this theory to students, academics and language teachers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826476104
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/12/2005
Series:
Bloomsbury Discourse Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsviii
Prefaceix
Section 1What is metadiscourse?1
Chapter 1First impressions3
1.1A brief overview of metadiscourse3
1.2A context of emergence: information and interaction6
1.3Metadiscourse and audience awareness9
1.4Metadiscourse, interaction and audience11
1.5Summary and conclusion14
Chapter 2Definitions, issues and classifications16
2.1Definitions of metadiscourse16
2.2Propositional and metadiscourse meanings18
2.3'Levels of meaning'21
2.4Functional analyses24
2.5'Textual' and 'interpersonal' functions26
2.6Metadiscourse signals27
2.7Categorizations of metadiscourse32
2.8Summary and conclusions35
Chapter 3A metadiscourse model37
3.1Key principles of metadiscourse37
3.2A classification of metadiscourse48
3.3Metadiscourse resources50
3.4An illustration: metadiscourse in postgraduate writing54
3.5The limits of description58
3.6Summary and conclusions59
Section 2Metadiscourse in practice61
Chapter 4Metadiscourse and rhetoric63
4.1The concept of rhetoric63
4.2Academic discourse and rhetoric65
4.3Metadiscourse, ethos and The Origin of Species67
4.4Business discourse and metadiscourse71
4.5Metadiscourse and rhetoric in company annual reports73
4.6Summary and conclusions85
Chapter 5Metadiscourse and genre87
5.1The concept of genre87
5.2Metadiscourse and genre88
5.3Metadiscourse in academic research articles89
5.4Metadiscourse in popular science articles93
5.5Metadiscourse in introductory textbooks101
5.6Summary and conclusions111
Chapter 6Metadiscourse and culture113
6.1Culture and language113
6.2Metadiscourse across languages116
6.3Metadiscourse and writing in English124
6.4Interactive metadiscourse in English124
6.5Interactional metadiscourse in English128
6.6Summary and conclusions136
Chapter 7Metadiscourse and community138
7.1The concept of community138
7.2Community, academic writing and metadiscourse141
7.3Metadiscourse variation in articles across disciplines143
7.4Interactional metadiscourse in articles across disciplines144
7.5Interactive metadiscourse in articles across disciplines156
7.6Metadiscourse variation in textbooks across disciplines161
7.7Interactional metadiscourse in textbooks across disciplines163
7.8Interactive metadiscourse in textbooks across disciplines166
7.9Summary and conclusions170
Section 3Issues and implications173
Chapter 8Metadiscourse in the classroom175
8.1Students, writing and audience awareness175
8.2Advantages of teaching metadiscourse features178
8.3Some teaching principles181
8.4Some teaching strategies185
8.5Summary and conclusions192
Chapter 9Issues and directions194
9.1Metadiscourse and the socially situated writer194
9.2Metadiscourse and interpersonal engagement195
9.3Metadiscourse and discourse variation196
9.4Metadiscourse and classroom practice197
9.5Methodological issues198
9.6Some implications and remaining issues199
9.7Further research200
References204
AppendixMetadiscourse items investigated218
Subject Index225
Author Index228

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