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Metadiscourse in Written Genres: Uncovering Textual and Interactional Aspects of Texts

Edited By Ciler Hatipoglu, Erdem Akbas and Yasemin Bayyurt

Taking metadiscourse as their starting point, the contributions to this edited volume focus both on the interactive and cross-cultural aspects of written texts from varying genres. Using rich and innovative data collection and analysis methods, comparing and contrasting patterns in frequently studied (English, Japanese) with understudied (Turkish, Russian/Ukrainian) languages, and relating empirical data to a web of theoretical frameworks, the articles in this book clearly display the variety, complexity and multiplicity of metadiscoursal analysis of written texts. The volume aims to substantially advance our understanding of the communicative nature of written texts and contributes to the advancement and expansion of researchers’ interests in this field.

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Towards the development of a socially-informed and process-oriented model of research in metadiscourse (Davud Kuhi)

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Davud Kuhi1

Towards the development of a socially-informed and process-oriented model of research in metadiscourse

Abstract: Since the early development of interest in the interpersonal dimensions of academic communication in the 1980s, the analytic potentials of the concept of metadiscourse have motivated a large number of investigations. Although these analytic potentials have facilitated the study of diverse academic genres, there has always been a risk of detachment of textual analyses from the contextual origins and motivations. In some cases, this detachment has been so observable that the true discoursal nature of the interpersonal dimensions of academic communication has been reduced to classifications of a large number of pure textual properties. As a reaction to this reductionist trend, the present article provides a preliminary framework within which the contextual origins of metadiscourse features can be understood. It is suggested that if the findings of metadiscourse research are meant to be interpreted in meaningful ways, they should be contextualized within such process-oriented frameworks.

Keywords: metadiscourse, socially-informed model, research

1. Theoretical development of academic discourse analysis: in pursuit of a socially informed model

Parallel to the developments of EAP programs over the last five decades, a considerable amount of scholarly activity has been conducted and reported in academic journals and books concerning the description of academic discourses in English (see Flowerdew 2002). This strong motivation has driven EAP into the stream of a theoretical enrichment and development (e.g. see Dudley-Evans...

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