Metadiscourse: Exploring Interaction in Writing / Edition 1

Metadiscourse: Exploring Interaction in Writing / Edition 1

by Ken Hyland
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826476111
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
10/20/2005
Series:
Bloomsbury Discourse Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1First impressions3
Ch. 2Definitions, issues and classifications16
Ch. 3A metadiscourse model37
Ch. 4Metadiscourse and rhetoric63
Ch. 5Metadiscourse and genre87
Ch. 6Metadiscourse and culture113
Ch. 7Metadiscourse and community138
Ch. 8Metadiscourse in the classroom175
Ch. 9Issues and directions194
AppMetadiscourse items investigated

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