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Title: Metadiscourse in L1 and L2 English
Written By: Annelie Ädel
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SCL%2024
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 24

The pervasive phenomenon of metadiscourse – commentary on the ongoing
discourse – is beginning to take its rightful place among the major topics
of discourse studies. This book makes simultaneous contributions to the
theory of metadiscourse, corpus-based methods of studying such phenomena,
and our knowledge of metadiscourse use in written English. After
comprehensively reviewing previous research, it introduces a more rigorous
and empirical approach to metadiscourse studies. Ädel presents a new model
of metadiscourse based on Jakobson’s functions of language, and other
conceptual tools, including explicit features for defining metadiscourse, a
taxonomy of the functions it serves, and maps of the boundaries between it
and related phenomena. A large-scale study of writing by L1 and L2
university students is presented, in which the L2 speakers' overuse of
metadiscourse strongly marks them as lacking in communicative competence.
This work is of interest both to linguists and to educators concerned with
writing in English.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ix–x
Introduction 1–12
A model of metadiscourse 13–45
Personal metadiscourse 47–95
Impersonal metadiscourse 97–123
The textual distribution of metadiscourse 125–139
Possible causes of variation in metadiscourse use 141–155
Theories of metadiscourse 157–180
Conclusions 181–200
Appendices 201–219
Notes 221–229
References 231–237
Author index 239–240
Subject index 241–243

"This book is a significant contribution to the rapidly developing field of
learner-corpus research. It yields new insight into an important aspect of
learner language and at the same time contributes more generally to the
corpus-based study of metadiscourse.”"
Stig Johansson, University of Oslo

"Annelie Ädel has written a scholarly theoretically rigorous account of
metadiscourse use based on new perspective and insight. For these reasons
and because she applies new computer-assisted methods, her book will surely
be seen as a pioneering work with positive impacts on current and future
metadiscourse researchers and users. Ädel's style is clear and accessible,
and she offers readers something valuable and interesting. Those interested
in L1 and L2 English learner research in reading, writing, speaking, and
text structure will find this study of metadiscourse strategies compelling."
Avon Crismore (author of Talking with Readers: Metadiscourse as Rhetorical Act)

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027222975
ISBN-13: 9789027222978
Pages: 243
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