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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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Constraints on authorial stance in accounting PhD theses in a Nigerian university (Sani Yantandu Uba / Mike Baynham)


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Sani Yantandu Uba1 and Mike Baynham2

Constraints on authorial stance in accounting PhD theses in a Nigerian university

Abstract: Scholars have argued that disciplinary discourse, linguistic features and epistemology vary across disciplines, contexts, as well as genres. In this paper, we investigate what stance linguistic features accounting PhD authors use in Bayero University Kano and what factors might constrain their use. Baynham (2001) has argued there are three perspectives on the study of academic writing, a skills-based perspective, a text-based perspective and a practice-based perspective. In this paper we draw primarily on a text-based analysis but complement this with a consideration of institutional and disciplinary factors which might explain why the writers investigated write as they do. The study combines text analysis using a corpus methodology and contextual information on the institutional and disciplinary context within which the students are writing. We employ nine participants: six accounting PhD authors and three accounting PhD supervisors. We compile a corpus of six accounting PhD theses from Bayero University, Kano (BUK corpus), as well as two other accounting sub-corpora written by native speakers of English in the same discipline of accounting for comparative analysis with the BUK corpus: a thesis of accounting PhD thesis (UK corpus); and a corpus of eleven journal articles of accounting (JAA corpus). The corpus analysis shows that all the three corpora frequently use hedges with a higher frequency than the other stance linguistic features categories, followed by boosters, then attitudinal markers,...

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