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Title'So what is the problem this book addresses?': Interactions in academic book reviews
 
AuthorsTse, P3 1
Hyland, K2 4
 
KeywordsAcademic texts
Book reviews
Metadiscourse
Text interactions
 
Issue Date2006
 
PublisherMouton de Gruyter. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.degruyter.com/rs/384_410_ENU_h.htm
 
CitationText And Talk, 2006, v. 26 n. 6, p. 767-790 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2006.031
 
AbstractMetadiscourse is the term used for self-reflective linguistic expressions that refer to the evolving text, to the writer, and to the imagined readers of that text. It is based on a view of writing as social engagement and in academic contexts reveals the ways writers project themselves into their discourse to signal their attitudes and commitments to matters in the text and to their disciplinary communities. This paper examines the frequencies and pragmatic purposes of metadiscourse in the relatively neglected academic genre of the book review. On the basis of a corpus of 84 reviews from three contrasting disciplines and interviews with journal editors and reviewers, we describe the ways these writers use metadiscourse to offer a credible representation of themselves and their work in different fields. The analysis shows how metadiscourse use can be seen as pragmatic strategies through which writers shape their social purposes to the formal constraints of the genre and the preferred practices of their disciplines. It therefore suggests how this genre not only draws on readers' familiarity with disciplinary knowledge of the field, but also an interpretive framework that includes appropriate social interactions. © Walter de Gruyter 2006.
 
ISSN1860-7330
2012 Impact Factor: 0.397
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.433
 
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2006.031
 
ISI Accession Number IDWOS:000242459300005
 
ReferencesReferences in Scopus
 
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dc.contributor.authorHyland, K
 
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-23T08:47:33Z
 
dc.date.available2010-12-23T08:47:33Z
 
dc.date.issued2006
 
dc.description.abstractMetadiscourse is the term used for self-reflective linguistic expressions that refer to the evolving text, to the writer, and to the imagined readers of that text. It is based on a view of writing as social engagement and in academic contexts reveals the ways writers project themselves into their discourse to signal their attitudes and commitments to matters in the text and to their disciplinary communities. This paper examines the frequencies and pragmatic purposes of metadiscourse in the relatively neglected academic genre of the book review. On the basis of a corpus of 84 reviews from three contrasting disciplines and interviews with journal editors and reviewers, we describe the ways these writers use metadiscourse to offer a credible representation of themselves and their work in different fields. The analysis shows how metadiscourse use can be seen as pragmatic strategies through which writers shape their social purposes to the formal constraints of the genre and the preferred practices of their disciplines. It therefore suggests how this genre not only draws on readers' familiarity with disciplinary knowledge of the field, but also an interpretive framework that includes appropriate social interactions. © Walter de Gruyter 2006.
 
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dc.identifier.citationText And Talk, 2006, v. 26 n. 6, p. 767-790 [How to Cite?]
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/TEXT.2006.031
 
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dc.identifier.epage790
 
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2012 Impact Factor: 0.397
2012 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.433
 
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/130156
 
dc.identifier.volume26
 
dc.languageeng
 
dc.publisherMouton de Gruyter. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.degruyter.com/rs/384_410_ENU_h.htm
 
dc.publisher.placeGermany
 
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dc.relation.referencesReferences in Scopus
 
dc.subjectAcademic texts
 
dc.subjectBook reviews
 
dc.subjectMetadiscourse
 
dc.subjectText interactions
 
dc.title'So what is the problem this book addresses?': Interactions in academic book reviews
 
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Author Affiliations
  1. Institute of Vocational Education
  2. University of London
  3. Hong Kong SAR Institute of Vocational Education (Shatin)
  4. University of London, Institute of Education