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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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An Exploratory Study on Authorial (in)visibility across Postgraduate Academic Writing: Dilemma of developing a personal and/or impersonal authorial self (Erdem Akbas / Jan Hardman)


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Erdem Akbas1 and Jan Hardman2

An Exploratory Study on Authorial (in)visibility across Postgraduate Academic Writing: Dilemma of developing a personal and/or impersonal authorial self

Abstract: The writers of any scientific community are inherently expected to fulfil some agreed-upon discourse conventions of the academic discourse community (Molino, 2010) in the sense of creating a successful dialogic interaction through their texts. In line with this, Akbas (2014b) raised the question of “how and to what to extent writers foreground their explicit manifestations or hide their personal projections with impersonal forms” (p. 56). Considering the fact that academic writing is closely linked to the representation of authorial self (Hyland, 2002) and the voice of the postgraduates has received relatively less attention, in this paper, we explored the notion of explicit (via I and we-based instances) and implicit (via passive and impersonal instances) representation of postgraduates as the novice writers in the Social Sciences; namely, Turkish native speakers, Turkish speakers of English and English native speakers. Therefore, the focus of the paper shall be on the variations of personal (first person pronouns) or impersonal (agentless passives and inanimate subjects) uses of authorial references as well as their discourse functions in the postgraduate writing. In total, 90 successfully-completed dissertations of three postgraduate groups were randomly selected to compile the corpus of the study, and a corpus-informed discourse analysis approach was applied in the identification of choices of authorial representation in this genre. Following an extensive manual analysis...

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